Friday, November 30, 2018

Ways to Ease Holiday Stress

Wendy Wedum, Pondera County Extension

Stressed is Desserts spelled Backwards…

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is December 1st.  With that comes the extra holiday hustle and bustle.  It’s amazing what people can pack into the 31 days of December. Whatever your plans may include it always seems like a little extra stress creeps in. Here are a few tips to hopefully ease   a burden or two this month.

Get some sunshine by taking a walk. Research    shows getting out in nature has many benefits. The fresh air, movement and the vitamin D our body makes on a sunny day will help improve your mood, burn calories and lower built up stress.

Scale back by doing less and enjoying more. Our family does potlucks and that spreads out the cooking responsibilities, so the host has a chance to relax, too. It works well and there’s always plenty of delicious food. If you’re going to do a potluck, remember to make a couple extra phone calls and talk about the menu. In my family we seem to feel there won’t be enough food and everyone usually brings an extra dish of food for “just in case.” A couple years ago bringing the extra dish resulted in having 12 people and 12 pies. Believe me, the pie lovers in the family rejoiced at the 12 pie windfall.

We spend a lot of time trying to please others. Big parties, big meals, Christmas cards, shopping, decorating and so on. Trying to do it all can be stressful.  Give yourself permission to say “NO” when you are overwhelmed. It might be the most efficient time saving tool you have. Saying No will help you to focus on your priorities and protect your own holiday plans. Because when you say yes to something you did not have planned, what are you willing to give up in order to make the new plan happen?

Check out this link for even more tips!

Holiday Baking Class
Want to add healthy recipe ideas to your holiday baking? Come to a class on Holiday Baking on Thursday, December 6th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pondera Senior Center in Conrad (311 S. Virginia Street).  Learn tips and tricks to nutritious food substitutions, easy to prepare dishes and ways to keep foods safe.

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