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Less Stress for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

12/23/2019 8:00 AM | Katherine Locsin (Administrator)

By Patrick Lowe, D.C.

There is one month of the year when stress multiplies, depression rates increase, and suicide rates skyrocket. The happiest season of the year is also the most stressful season for many. People just want to get through the holidays.  This e-zine will help you to have a happier, healthier, and more successful holiday season.

Where does all of this stress come from?

Time of Year!

First off, December is the darkest month of the year. The first day of winter occurs in December, providing the least amount of daylight time. Sunlight has many beneficial effects, including fighting off seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  We can't change the rotation of the planet. We can change our lightbulbs, which has a big effect. Using high-quality full-spectrum lightbulbs can make a big difference, less depression, and less stress. Another option is that you can move to the southern hemisphere.  Lightbulbs are much less expensive.

High Expectations

During the holidays, we have a lot more expectations for ourselves and other people. We are attending this party, buying for this person, and still trying to get our daily tasks completed. This all leads to more stress on our time and our finances.

Unsuccessful Expectations

Successful Expectations

Buying the perfect gift 

 Providing nice gifts

Having a perfect Christmas 

Having a good time

Making someone happy 

Providing an environment for happiness


Happiness occurs when reality exceeds expectations; disappointment occurs when expectations exceed our reality.  The "unsuccessful expectations" rarely occur, setting up an environment of unhappiness and stress. Highly successful people focus on the column on the right.  All of these expectations are achievable and lead to less stress.

Holiday Foods

More parties and social events mean more opportunities to eat tasty, sugary foods. Unfortunately, increased sugar intake skyrockets our stress hormones (cortisol).

The cure? Watch what you eat.  Eat small amounts of the sugary treats and maintain your exercise routine. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise burns off stress hormones and so does laughter.

Make it a point to laugh every day and enjoy your holiday season. Less stress for you means a more enjoyable holiday season for you and the people you care about. Have a successful month!


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