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STRESS BUSTERS FOR THE NEW YEARSTRESS BUSTERS FOR THE NEW YEAR
If youre like most people, the holiday season can be one of many pleasures and fun, but it can also be a time of great stress. Family get-togethers. Shopping. Spending more money than we planned. Clean-up. Parties. Kids on vacation. Eating and drinking too much. Not enough rest. All of this on top of your already busy schedule.
No matter how you fared during the holidays, youre probably feeling a bit overwhelmed right about now. Many people suffer from the post-holiday blues.
One of the best things you can do to reduce stress is to change your way of thinking. If you THINK stressful thoughts, your stress level will naturally increase. The key is to think differently, and you will therefore BEHAVE differently. And since much of our stress comes from the way we react to lifes events, we can reduce stress immediately by changing our perspective! When your self-talk is positive, you give yourself permission to be human to do the best you can under the circumstances. If your self-talk is negative, you often give up on yourself before you even try. Negative self-talk can increase or cause distress and can make the effects of stress, such as headache, stomach problems, or muscular aches, much worse. So, if you learn to listen to your own self-talk, you can see when you are sabotaging yourself, giving up, or making a poor choice because of the way you perceive the situation. Then, you can practice using more positive self-messages.
Apart from practicing positive self-talk, here are some tips on how to handle the post-holiday blues, and stress in general.
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ITS NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN. George Eliot
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They themselves are makers of themselves. In other words, you are what you MAKE of yourself. And you can make a better you by practicing some simple stress-busting techniques.