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Holiday Stress Reduction: What’s YOUR Recipe?

Posted Dec 16 2012 9:23pm

photoHolidays and stress…they seem to go together like salt and pepper or better yet..oil and water. In addition to the stampede of decorating, holiday parties, family gatherings, gift-giving, and end of year timelines I dare you to try an extra dash of “joy” like…selling your home during the holiday season!

My recipe for stress reduction? Two weeks ago I luxuriated in a “Divas in Distress” yoga and wellness retreat with natural health and nutrition coaches.  It’s that time of year when a day (or an hour!) in retreat is a balm for stressed out nerves and I immediately mobilized my girlfriends for this half day get-away. Our destination was not Kripalu (our absolute favorite weekend R&R retreat) but a local Connecticut farm called Sticks and Stones.  Immediately, we felt transported from the everyday task list to the rustic tranquility of a remote village more like Vermont, complete with yoga, juicing, and a farm to table lunch…yumm!

The importance of taking time to relax and “tame your tiger” is important because research shows that stress management prevents chronic disease and illness as well as obesity and cognitive decline.  It’s just a fun excuse to get away from the stimulus of stress and take in some antioxydants. No time for a retreat? Become a walker…get outside in nature to let the everyday sounds and beauty of nature take over your senses.  Or take out your earbuds, close your eyes, and tune into some classical music like  Verdi’s Four Seasons .  Gift these antioxydants to yourself regularly!!

What’s next for Real Women on Health?  We are excited to share a  new platform with you called “Design the Second Half of Your Life”  for midlife women.  It’s a blog and the theme for  upcoming radio shows  with researchers and thought leaders in the emerging field of healthy aging, wellbeing, and creativity. It’s also an incubator for ideas I will be writing about on my  Huffington Post50 blog , starting with caregiving for my mother-in-law.

Please join me in sharing your ideas with other midlife women!

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