Health & Fitness

By Judith Orloff, M.D., Guest Writer and Best Selling Author

We all know the feeling – the pre-holiday panic attack that comes when you realize you still have presents to buy, a dinner to prepare, and a house to clean for visiting family. As the holidays approach, extra-long shopping lines, congestion on the highway, and dieting disasters can make even the happiest holiday-savvy woman start muttering ‘Bah Humbug!’

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This year, don’t let the stress of the holidays get the best of your holiday spirit. Below Dr. Judith Orloff, author of the bestselling “Guide to Intuitive Healing”, “Positive Energy,” and “Second Sight”, gives her top 4 tips to beat the holiday stress scrooge just waiting to come out in all of us.

Watch your diet. Notice what foods feel good and which do not. Listen to your body’s signals and don’t drown them with too much food or drink.

Practice Service Instead of Shopping. Do something nice for someone rather than focusing only on store-bought gifts. The act of giving -especially when you’re the most frazzled, can open your heart and be restorative.

Spend Time in Nature. Take at least a few hours out from holiday activities. Visit a forest, a canyon, a river, sit beneath the starlit sky. Choose a spot that moves you. Then just let earth’s primordial forces nourish and rejuvenate you.

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Close your eyes and calm your mind. Meditation is a life-line to your center. Close your eyes. Focus on your breath. Then gently extend your awareness downward to strata, bedrock, minerals, and soil. From the base of your spine begin to feel continuity with the earth’s core; picture having a long tail that roots in that center. Allow the earth’s energy to infuse your body and stabilize you. Even five minutes of meditation a day will give you sacred time to recharge.

Check out Dr. Orloff’s free video mini courses on reducing stress at: www.youtube.com/judithorloffmd

For more information, inspiration, and to sign up for her E-newsletter visit www.drjudithorloff.com.

Originally published December 2007
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