Holiday Message

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These tips may help you avoid holiday stress and a bad headache

Plan ahead

If you are making travel arrangements, give yourself extra time to check your baggage, get through security, and find your gate. If you’re driving, allow extra time for traffic.


Avoid marathon mall shopping

If going in and out of one crowded store after another gives you headaches, don’t do it. Shop online or plan several short trips instead of squeezing everything into one long day at the mall. Make a list of gifts you need to buy, and don’t wait until the last minute to buy them.

Remember to eat

You may get so caught up in your holiday shopping that you start skipping meals. Keep a healthy snack in your glove compartment or handbag.

 

Get some fresh air

Many holiday celebrations are held indoors in close quarters. Request that people not smoke in your home. Secondhand smoke is not good for anyone and is also a common headache trigger for many. The smell of perfume and cologne may also trigger headaches.

 

Drink only in moderation

If you choose to drink, try blending alcohol with fruit juice instead of drinking it straight.  Alternate alcoholic beverages with water or soda. Limit yourself to one alcoholic beverage if you are a female and two if you are a male. And never drink and drive.

 

Pamper yourself

Give yourself some time alone to relax. Don’t feel as though you have to make an appearance at every holiday party because you received an invitation. Do as much socializing as you’re comfortable with and spend the rest of your time with loved ones or alone reading a good book.

 

Remember the true meaning of the holidays

Don’t put pressure on yourself to be the perfect decorator, party host, or gift giver. Let yourself enjoy preparing for the season instead of stressing over it. Stay within your budget and remember that your holiday is about spending time with your loved ones—not about putting yourself in debt.

 

Remember that it’s the holiday season – a time to relax and unwind with family and friends. So, take care of yourself and make the time to create new holiday memories with your loved ones.

 

A Few Tips for A Greener Holiday!

Take your own bags

Get some sturdy canvas, mesh, or nylon shopping bags and take them with you when you do your holiday shopping. For large items, skip bagging if you can.


Buy recycled

Items with recycled content help cut down on consumer waste. A wide variety of glassware, jewelry, paper products, and even clothing are made with recycled materials.

 

Be a green wrapper

Most wrapping paper can’t be recycled, so it ends up in the trash. Make your own wrapping paper from the Sunday comic pages, maps, catalog pages or brown paper bags. Wrap gifts in useful items such as bandanas or kitchen towels and tie with ribbon or lace. Or buy gift bags, tins, or baskets and reuse them each year.


Recycle your tree

Many cities have tree recycling during the holidays. Check with your local recycling program to find out about pickup or drop-off options.

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