Handling stress at the holidays 

by Dr. Cindy Ratkowsi, FLT Columnist

The holidays are a bitter sweet time of the year. We want to do everything and see everything and BE everywhere at the same time. But the bad part is we can’t do all that. Our bodies rebel and stress sets in. So I have a few suggestions that might help.

Learn how to say “no” – know your limits and stick to them. Avoid people who stress you out and avoid hot-button topics and take control of your environment.

Pare down your to-do list. Express your feelings instead of bottling them up. Be willing to compromise. Manage your time better. Reframe problems by looking at the big picture. Adjust your standards that might be too high. Focus on the positive and don’t try to control the uncontrollable. Look for the up side. Share your feelings. Learn to forgive; it hurts only you.

Connect with others that share your interests. Do something you enjoy every day, even for 10 minutes. Above all keep your sense of humor. Exercise regularly and eat as healthy as you can during the holidays.

Reduce caffeine and sugar. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. And above all try to get enough sleep. This way you can party more! Even if you do only three of these suggestions, your holidays will be easier.

For more information or a complimentary consultation, call Dr. Ratkowski at 419-535-9600; email at drcindy@wellness4toledo.com; or visit the website http://www.wellness4toledo.com/.