Thanksgiving is coming up next week, and the holiday onslaught will be here in just minutes. We’ve all heard of holiday stress. But few of us are aware of how dangerous holiday stress can really be. Studies have indicated that cardiac mortality increases by as much as a third between Thanksgiving and New Years Day–even in mild climates. And scientists have surmised that this increase may be due to holiday stress.
One of the things you can do to help minimize holiday stress is to plan in advance. Learn how to set spending limits. Manage expectations and understand that no holiday is perfect. Prioritize, divest and delegate tasks so you don’t feel completely overwhelmed. Plan ahead for how you will deal with critical or unkind family members and friends who feel a need to try to “fix” you. And maintain healthy habits during the holidays–especially exercise.
Lucky for you, the HAES Happy Holidays Workshop, arranged by the amazing Ragen Chastain, begins tonight. The program is “name your own price” so you can stay within your holiday budget. And a variety of awesome speakers like Ragen, Marilyn Wann, Golda Poretsky and I will be talking about managing family relationships, looking fabulous, and dealing with holiday stress. I’ll be speaking tonight at 4PM PST–7PM EST about maintaining an exercise program during the holidays and setting up a rational New Years Resolution exercise program that is safe and super fun!
Procrastination also increases holiday stress, so don’t wait another minute. Go sign up for the program and dial on in. And help make this the best holiday season EVAR!
The Fat Chick