How to Beat Holiday Stress.

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stkitt
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   Posted 12/1/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
How to Beat Holiday Stress.  Erveryone join in and contribute your thoughts, practices and how you will make 2008 a peaceful Holiday Season.
 
Preparing feasts, attending parties and shopping obsessively can place even the most even-keeled under pressure. rolleyes

This month, many will begin preparing holiday feasts, attending parties and shopping obsessively for the perfect presents, all while counting blessings and enjoying the company of family and friends.

Millions will also spend it focused on reducing stress instead of spreading cheer.

From long lines to even longer lists, there are numerous opportunities to become mired in holiday strain, but experts say it can be overcome by tailoring festivities to your liking, as opposed to mimicking the grandiose displays reflected .

It's easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm of the holidays. However, if you don't take time for yourself, you'll quickly get burnt out and stressed out. Give yourself the gift of "alone" time. Fifteen minutes of solitude, without any distractions, may refresh you enough to handle the tasks at hand. Take a walk, listen to calming music, or meditate, or as I do, come here and post your feelings and thoughts as this is your private spot.

I have given up guilt and found I feel oh so much better during the holidays.  Bakers Square makes good pies and so it goes.  I cooked the huge meal every Christmas for 32 years and then I decided it is my family I was to spend time with not who makes the best green bean
casserole.

Share with us ways to remain in the moment during the holidays. Come on and join in.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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CordeliaGray
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   Posted 12/2/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Here are some other ideas.

Plan, plan and plan. Take a realistic look at your schedule, and cut things out if necessary. Allow more time to do things eg, if you think you can go to a particular store and buy a gift in 1 hour, add another half-hour.

Listen to your body. All of us in the forum have at least one illness. Keep in tune to your symptoms. If you have to stop doing something or cancel an activity do it.; and do it without guilt. Its ok to say no. and you dont have to keep up with the Joneses.

Take time to look at nature, or listening to the sound of waves ect There have been numerous studies  demonstrating that seeing nature or being out by the trees and bluejays reduces stress. You may want to have a plant by your bedside or a waterfall screen saver.

Lots of luv tongue

Cordelia


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stkitt
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   Posted 12/5/2008 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Family,

I would LOVE to have a stress free holiday....hopefully you have tips that  will work! My entire family seems to get nuts around this time of year!

Share with us how you handle holiday stress.

Thanks Cordelia for sharing.  May we hear from more of you?

Kitt



 

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/7/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
smilewinkgrin ......Hey lil sis
I talk to you on the pohone and vent lol as you know...........
.......Today Cait and I put up the tree and
 it was fun singing carols ( yep ( i was outta tune) yeah
But the point is I had fun and I am glad we did it
 
I dont like family arguments especially when it comes to
Their "gift Cost more than yours ...ya know
A gift is from the heart not anything to do with cost
Thats what has taken us away from the true meanig of this glorius Holiday
 
...Cait and I make many Crafts for ppl and I truly believe a gift from the heart and handmade is a wonderful thing
I really love it whn I get
my homemade gifts from Cait ......... yeah ..
 
WE did up a Collage for the lady that I call Mum as we are going to have Christmas with them this yr
We have had a few with them..........
The company I had yesterday as her daughter and brought tons of pics
'It turned out beautiful
I think anyways ......... smilewinkgrin
 
AS you always say'
"Stay in the moment"
 
Loves big sis
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Great thread and ideas from both ...........
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stkitt
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   Posted 12/9/2008 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   

To My Dear GERD Family,

I know you have holiday stress as most of you have a chronic disorder and your dietary status keeps you from enjoying many of the traditioanal foods.

Also I think we have lost track of some of the reasons for certain Christmas customs.

The wreath has significant meaning for the season. It's circular shape represents eternity, for it has no beginning and no end.

Today, it is sometimes hard to remember the real meaning of Christmas. We get all caught up in the hype of Santa and his arrival. The wreath over the hearth brings a warmth to our hearts as we stop to reflect upon the true meaning of this very special day.

Whenever I look at a wreath I will think of each of you with special thoughts and prayers for a peaceful holiday.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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mary Love
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   Posted 12/9/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Holiday traveling:  We are going to FL to visit our daughters for Christmas.  We have our own place there so I have arranged with one of our daughters to do some grocery shopping so I will be able to eat correctly as soon as we arrive.
 
but:
 
I am worried about the traveling and being able to eat when I need to, which is often.  I don't think we will have time between connections to find a restaurant, which I doubt they would have something for me to eat anyway. 
 
So I need to carry some snacks.  Any ideas?  I am at a loss, as I mainly eat my meals and haven't ventured further.  What types of food do some here use for snacks?  Is there a certain kind of bar or something similar which would be gerd compatible?    Any ideas?  What do you snack on?  I haven't tried raw veggies, are there some that are better than others?
  Thanks  :-)    
 
 

k9lov3r
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   Posted 12/9/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi all

For me handling the holidays has always been easy until this year.  A good friend and co-worker drowned in a tragic boating accident.  He was the father of 3 with a new little one on the way.  He was loved by all he came into contact with.  He was a hero to al lof us.  The stress has not helped the GERD.  I fell back into an old habit of smoking, which also is not helping.  I know I need to quit and find some other way to cope and I will.  My heart goes out to his family.  I miss him alot and see his face everywhere.  Just trying to keep it together for now  It is hard not seeing him at work he always had a great big smile on his face.

Rest in peace my friend you will be missed

MJ


mary Love
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   Posted 12/9/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
k9lov3r said...

Hi all

For me handling the holidays has always been easy until this year.  A good friend and co-worker drowned in a tragic boating accident.  He was the father of 3 with a new little one on the way.  He was loved by all he came into contact with.  He was a hero to al lof us.  The stress has not helped the GERD.  I fell back into an old habit of smoking, which also is not helping.  I know I need to quit and find some other way to cope and I will.  My heart goes out to his family.  I miss him alot and see his face everywhere.  Just trying to keep it together for now  It is hard not seeing him at work he always had a great big smile on his face.

Rest in peace my friend you will be missed

MJ

MJ, I would like to extend my sympathy to you and his family.  This is so tragic it takes my breath away.  Take care and do what you can for his family, and take care of yourself too.  My condolences and prayers are with you all.

kimmie11
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   Posted 12/9/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Mary Love,

I look forward to hearing what everyone else has to say becuase I am also looking for snack options. I have been doing my best not to snack but eat smaller meals. Can you perhaps bring hardboiled eggs, sliced turkey or swiss with you. I know that any of those combined with celery sticks holds me over and doesn't bother my stomach.

MJ,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Please take care of yourself.

Kim

mary Love
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   Posted 12/9/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Kimmie, I thought turkey was a no no, didn't even eat any at Thanksgiving.  I do eat a lot of chicken.
When you say swiss cheese, is that the regular swiss or a low fat?  I haven't tried cheese yet either, but it works?
Celery is in the same boat, I'll have to try it.  Try it all before the trip that is.
I buy different things and then chicken out.  Last week I bought some yogurt and green grapes, and still haven't tried either one.  I am always afraid to rock the boat.  Mainly because I take no meds, only use the acv/honey which really has been working for me.
 
Hard boiled eggs tho should be OK, as I have three soft boiled eggs, minus two yolks for breakfast.  So they work, and I never thought of them for a snack.  :-) Thank you Kimmie!  :-)

kimmie11
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   Posted 12/9/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Mary Love,

I have been eating turkey with no problems but I am on a PPI so I don't now if it makes a difference. I eat either reduced fat or fat free cheese when I can. I bought a book on GERD last year and Swiss cheese was on the okay list of things to eat. I ate yogurt before GERD and still do with no problems but again that is me. Hope it works for you and bests some Holiday Stress!

Kim

 

 


stkitt
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   Posted 12/10/2008 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear MJ,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend and co-worker.  May I suggest you try to remember what a great guy he was and honor his memory in some way.  Perhaps a small donation to his favorite charity or something for his family.

Bless you and I will keep your friend's family in my prayers along with you.

Hugs
Kitt


 

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stkitt
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   Posted 12/10/2008 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Mary Love,

I am on Prilosec so I know what I can take that won't bother me. Yogurt which you can buy in the airport and apples work fine for me. 

Take Some Healthy Snacks. You know best what foods can trigger your heartburn, so take along small portions of healthy snacks. . This will help you avoid the temptations of in-flight snacks. Get your bottle of water after you go through security and sip on that through out the trip.  The water will prevent you from getting dehydrated also.

Try to remember to stay in the moment and relax, enjoy each minute of your trip. 

I wish you peace and a pleasant flight.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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