Do you love the holidays? Or perhaps you are dreading them because of some traumatic event. Either way the holidays are a stressful time. Kristen Brown is our favorite expert for stress relief any time of year.
Kristen tells us that the chemicals produced by holiday stress can impact our body’s systems and literally make us sick. Dr. Nancy and Kristen talk about how the pressures of gift giving, the violence of Black Friday and relentless media hype have transformed the holidays into a toxic influence for many. To regain control, Kristen suggests making a life map. Chart the parts you love and the parts you hate, then give yourself permission to build on the former and find ways to avoid the latter.
Holiday food is its own stressor, loaded with sugars and fats. To counteract that, she says you don’t have to go on a diet or run a marathon. Instead, she urges you to monitor what you eat and move around more to remain healthy.
Kristen says that research shows that experiential gifts like a book, movie tickets or the gift of time have greater perceived value, are remembered longer and are increasingly popular. Happily, each chapter in her book offers suggestions to cope with a different stress-producing aspect of your life.
Check out her website, www. happyhoureffect.com, for blogs, videos and other information about why and how you need to reduce stress. And check out her book, The Happy Hour Effect: Twelve Secrets to Minimize Stress and Maximize Life, which became an Amazon Best Seller the first day it hit the shelves. It’s an experiential gift that can help someone you love throughout the New Year.