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4 ways to beat holiday stress now!

Here we are! Winter holidays are in full swing and it's easy to approach these times like a ski hill-with anticipation and anxiety. Once you get going, it's hard to stop and things often accelerate until the whole thing was just a blur. Can you relate?

Here are a few suggestions to use before, during, and after this season:

1. Start with solitude.
Even the most enthusiastic extrovert needs some down time to maintain a sense of balance-while introverts often need much more. In either case, it's a good idea to plan some quiet spots in an otherwise intense holiday schedule.

2. Intentional gratitude.
Make the holidays a time to strengthen relationships. Giving someone a hug and telling them why you're grateful for them causes your brain to release the "love" hormone, oxytocin. It's also a good time to reconnect with old friends and mentors. Take some time to send appreciative emails and handwritten cards.

3. Get outside.
If weather permits, getting outdoors in nature has many health benefits, including lowering your stress levels and blood pressure. It can even help you become more creative. After all the eating, get some fresh air and go for a walk rather than lounge on the couch.

4. Reflection.
Another brain chemical, serotonin, is released whenever you reflect on meaningful events and achievements from the past. Take time at the end of the day to think through people and personal accomplishments that you're grateful for. Revisit the "why" behind your work and relationships-the people who inspire and motivate you to achieve your goals. Visualizing these events will fuel and energize you to get back to work after the holiday season.

I'd like to take a minute and say THANK YOU for being a client. You are so much more than just a number to me and I'm grateful for your business and referrals. Please feel free to drop me a note and let me know how things are going. Are you doing anything special for the holidays? Let me know. I'd love to hear from you.