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Coping with Stress this Holiday Season!

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This can be a very fun time of year and it can also be filled with stress causing our immune systems to weaken which can cause us to become sick. I used to think that this is because it was cold and flu season. But I have learned that there is more to us getting sick, than that. During this time of year, we have many more things that can cause stress.

The cooler weather causes us to stay indoors more frequently and have less activity. There is also less light available to lift our moods so we can get depressed easier than at other times of the year. The holidays, even though fun, can cause a financial strain on many. Heavy rich foods are available in abundance and we become physically tired trying to keep up with everything. The result is an increase in caffeine and sugar followed by a lack of quality sleep. This is when the vicious cycle begins.

Putting all of this together can lead to an increase in illness because our immune systems have been weakened by some or all the above. Tips on keeping the immune system strong can take place with activity, nutrition and sleep. These can be hard to keep up with when we are busy so here are a few tips to help you.

To help avoid financial strain, set your budget and stick with it.

Step outside for fresh air and if you feel inspired, walk around a bit.

Choose what you really want to eat and savor it.

Carry the healthy snacks you normally do to help prevent out of control eating later in the day.

To aid with a good night’s sleep, have a smaller cup of coffee for that second cup. This helps prevent too much caffeine that can affect your quality of REM sleep at 2 in the morning.

Hydrate with water or another non-caloric beverage.

Keep fruits and veggies simple vs covered in sugar or creamy sauces.

Wash your hands.

Recipe for Creamy Chocolatey Cherries
½ cup unsweetened frozen cherries
2 Tablespoons Hershey’s Cocoa Powder
2 Tablespoons Cool Whip Brand, Original

Heat frozen cherries in microwave. This will cause liquid to form. To this add the cocoa and stir. Top with the Cool Whip and savor this less than 100 calorie snack which is anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants that can help you stay well.