Say “No” To Holiday Stress

Tuesday, December, 15, 2015 < Back to Blog Posts

It’s that time of year again when I have to become your “conscience”, “good friend” or “fairy godmother” and remind you that as you journey through menopause, you have to take extra good care of yourself during the holidays!
In addition to work or care for others or lots of volunteering, life is already a lot to handle, but add in the holidays and it can be overwhelming. Maybe you’ve been the lady who has always done it all, but this year, in the height of menopause, you might want to rethink a few things.
Here are my tips to think about so we can keep the “Happy” in Happy Holidays.
  1. Stress of any kind isn’t good, and that includes the stress to make this the “perfect holiday season.”  Emotional stress can show up physically in your body.  A study from the University of Pennsylvania, showed that women with the highest anxiety levels during menopause experienced five times as many hot flashes as those who are less anxious. So let go of “perfect” and think about how simple and easy you can keep things.
  2. Laugh! Watch your favorite movies or attend some holiday productions in your area that you really want to see. For example: maybe your local botanical garden does a beautiful light show. Make this the year you add in some holiday things that aren’t work, but really fun.
  3. There’s a new buzz word out called “mindfulness.” It really goes back to the idea of living in the moment and taking a deep breath instead of rushing around. We can get so busy we forget to breathe deeply, reflect, slow down and be in the moment. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be our first idea, we have to remember to do it. However, if we will make it a part of our daily routine, we will be better off. Slowing down your breathing can slow down your mind and give you rest.
  4. And, we often don’t want to hear it, but exercise is a great stress reliever. The good news is you don’t have to do strenuous exercise to have it make a difference. There’s the “20 step rule.” What’s that you’re wondering? If you have a hard time getting started just tell yourself you have to take 20 steps, and if you don’t want to continue, you don’t have to. The beauty of it is, once you get going, you will want to go more than those first 20 steps.  And, as one great meme I saw said: doing anything is still lapping anyone sitting on the couch!
  5. Get some gifts for you that include pampering! How about a massage, a manicure, or a pedicure – or a movie just for you.
  6. Oh…the food. Try, just try to do the best you can. Be conscious and aim for some balance, but have fun too!
  7. Take your Remifemin® menopause relief! Now more than ever in this busy time of year, keep taking your Remifemin or Remifemin® Good Night! When you want hormone-free, proven support – choose Remifemin. You can get significant symptom relief from hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and irritability with our clinically tested brand for relief of menopausal symptoms.* I take mine every day!
  8. Count your blessings. Staying positive and remembering the good things can help with those stressful moments. Decide now to say “no” to stress this year. Instead of “ho ho ho”, it’s “no, no, no!”
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Do take some time for “you”…your fairy godmother insists!
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