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20 Ways to Decrease Stress

“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.” Natalie Goldber Breathe! This is basic but we actually forget to breathe deeply or often enough when we are stressed. Make a commitment to breathe slowly and deeply a few times a day. Exercise now! Exercise is often the first thing to go when we are stressed. We need to make it a priority. Without exercise, both our bodies and our minds become lazy and out of shape. Sleep. Being rested helps relieve stress. We tend to function at our best when we are well rested. Go home and take a nap today. You’ll be glad you did. Journal. Write in a journal on a regular basis. Writing down your thoughts

Navigating the Holidays

The holidays can be a particularly challenging time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You may have seen reports of an average 5 lb. weight gain during the holidays. Reported weight gain tends to be exaggerated. But wouldn’t you rather go into 2013 at least maintaining your weight? Here are some tips on ways to navigate the holidays. Make it a health and joyous holiday! Do only what you love or what you love to do. Remember your goals and be realistic. Eat regularly. Don’t skip meals to prepare for a gathering. Cut back on television/computer time. Move, move, move. Plan meals, make your life easier. Make extra for “leftovers” if desirable. Before going to a party think about: Where you

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Lifebalance Solutions is a program offered by Lifetrack, a nonprofit human services organization with a mission to develop the strengths within children, families and adults facing the greatest life challenges so that all families and individuals may become strong, healthy and productive community members. We have served the Twin Cities community since 1948.