Saying No To Holiday Stress and Weight

December 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

As the holidays roll in, we are overcome with several emotions, such as joy and laughter. We are able to connect with family and friends. And we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of a new one. Finally after a hard year of school and work, you are able to go home and get a home cooked meal. It’s time for some rest and relaxation. But how can you even get the chance to relax. There are parties to go to and people to see. And if you are a procrastinator like me, then it’s also time to get some shopping done. The holiday season can be a stressful one, especially for the women.

Not only is there gift shopping to do, but there is also grocery shopping that has to get done. Then there’s all the cooking that has to be done. It can be very stressful especially if your family is coming to town AND they’re staying with you. It doesn’t matter whether you are the laid back type or if you are a perfectionist, trying to accommodate everyone gets to be very frustrating. In addition, you may have children in the house (which can be even more exasperating if you don’t have any of your own) screaming and yelling. Your elder family members, the older women especially, might always be looking over your shoulder the entire time telling you what to do and how to do it. The holiday season doesn’t only bring good will and tidings; it can also bring stress.

Studies have shown that women on average get more stressed out than men. Several surveys taken have shown that women get stressed more easily than men, married women are more stressed than single women, and that stress for women seems to have increased over the past few years. Symptoms from stress can include headaches, fatigue, and indigestion.

Then we have everyone’s favorite activity. And no I am not talking about receiving presents from good ole Saint Nick. I’m talking about eating. Sometimes it feels like that all you do during the holiday season is eat. Family members come into town wanting you to try their new recipes. Friends who want you to come over to their house and eat. And throughout this time of year, you may make several appearances at different gathering, possibly saying that you’re only going to stay for a minute, but then you end up staying and having a bite to eat anyway. And what’s more are all the deserts. From pies to cobblers and cookies to cakes, there is no shortage of sweets during the holidays.

So you may be wondering “where she is going with all of this?” Well this is just a reminder to be careful. When surrounded by the family and all the craziness that comes with it, remember to relax. This is your holiday, too. As women we need to remember that we need some tender loving care too. Don’t let the stress ruin your season of joy and laughter.

Also be careful where that delicious food is concerned. Try not to overeat/stuff yourself to the max. In addition, don’t stay cooped up inside all day. Go out with the family. Play a sport, walk around the neighborhood (and maybe sing some carols), and remember to stay active!

Some tips to stay in shape can be found at:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/holiday-weight-loss

And some tips to stay stress free can be found at:

http://health.tcpalm.com/healthfeature/1357/Stay%20stressfree%20this%20holiday%20season.aspx

– Erika K.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

What’s this?

You are currently reading Saying No To Holiday Stress and Weight at Georgia Tech Women's Resource Center.

meta

%d bloggers like this: