Christmas Countdown Day 16 Missing Family

This time of year can be very happy for many and sad for others and the seasons change based on what is happening in our lives.  Some have suffered the loss of a family member by death, others suffered divorce or loss of a relationship, friendship or family that drifts away.  Whatever the situation may be,  it is a loss that brings sadness to our lives.  Some families do not have financial ability to have a “good Christmas”.  Define ‘good Christmas,” is it presents, fancy decorations, big fancy dinners, or vacations?  For most of us, those things would be nice, but the reality is we all long to be loved unconditionally and to receive the greatest gift of all, to have someone special in our lives that will just spend time with us and love on us.  Many families have arguments during this time especially families who are divorced because each parent wants their child with them for the holiday and when we look around the child is the one affected at the end.  Later on these children grow up either resenting Christmas or really embracing it, it all depends how they perceive it.

This Christmas, let’s make it a conscious effort to set aside our disagreements, love on family and friends a little more and if we can give a tangible gift that is great, but if we cannot, then a heartfelt card that comes genuinely from your heart will go a long way. Remember those that are elderly and those that are missing a loved one this year.  It is not easy because that person is gone forever and although their memory lives on, the gap in our heart is always there as we miss them.  If you have your loved ones with you, hug and kiss them a little longer and make memories that you can treasure always because tomorrow is not promised and we should not live with regrets in our lives.  Forgiveness is not always easy, because we have to be humble, but at the end, you will be a much better person for it.

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Countdown Day 15 Stress Relief

With only ten days left till Christmas, it seems impossible to get everything done in time.  Everyone has to work, kids are finishing the last few days of school, the house needs cleaning , family is coming, last minute gifts have to be bought and some have not started their shopping at all.  This sounds like a moment for  a bath salt commercial!!  As you have been reading the Christmas countdowns the last 14 days, they have all been about enjoying the Christmas season with family, friends and making time for yourself to recharge your batteries.  It is easy for all of us to get wrapped up in this busy season.  Let’s take a moment to make a list and see what you can organize to get done in a timely manner.  Think of where you need to go after work, during lunch and in between to get it all done without creating you more stress.  It is hard to get organized sometimes with all the demands but it can be done when you have a mission and a plan to get there !

Happy Organizing!

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Countdown Day 14 Comfortable Soles

Christmas shopping can have your feet barking at the end of the day.  It is important to wear comfortable shoes or sneakers that will protect you feet from the stress of walking to fund that ultimate perfect gift.  When you get home, take a moment to soak your feet, once you do that then you can wrap a towel  around one foot and grab both ends of the towel, then pull your toes towards you for 15 seconds, then release it.  Do this until you feel the soreness go away on each foot.

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Countdown Day 13 Laughter

There is nothing like a good belly laugh to help you feel the joy of the season any time of year but especially during Christmas!  So this Christmas turn on some of your favorite holiday movies and enjoy more laughing it will do your health a world of good!  Some oldies are Home Alone 1 and 2, The Santa Clause and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year , enjoy some laughter!

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Countdown Day 12 Rest Time

Just about this time, people start to feel tired, overwhelmed at all they have done and still have left to do with 12 days left until Christmas Eve. This Christmas don’t get wrapped up in so much to do, instead take a moment to take a nap.  Even if you are not sleepy and don’t actually fall asleep, rest your  head and your eyes in a dark room or at least a quiet room for 15-20 minutes.  You will be amazed at how much clearer your thinking will be and you will not be as tired.

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Christmas Countdown Day 11 Drink and Be Merry

Did you know that dark chocolate helps to reduce blood pressure? http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/jared-bunch-rhythm-of-life/dark-chocolate-for-stress-relief-and-heart-health/

Enjoy this recipe:

Heat 3/4 cup of milk in a saucepan over medium heat until just before boiling.

Remove from heat and transfer to a large mug

Stir in 1 ounce coarsely chopped bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate pieces

Let stand about 30 seconds then stir to combine

Have this along with some Christmas music playing in the background as you sit in front of your fireplace or on your porch and start enjoying life!

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Countdown Day 10 Listen to Christmas Music

We live in such a stressful world where everything is a rush and on demand.  The boss needs the work done yesterday, the kids need your time,  the school needs cookies, projects, your time, your husband needs you to be ready for the all important dinner with his boss and the list of demands on your time become compromised. You get to the point of just wanting to scream!  Take a moment on your drive to work, the store or if you are a stay at home mom and turn up the Christmas music, sing along if you want to, no one is listening! You will be amazed at how your entire body slows down as you hear soothing and familiar music .  There is a reason why in hospitals they have music therapy, it brings your respirations, heart rate and blood pressure down.  So crank up the Christmas music and destress daily!

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Christmas Countdown Day 9 Just for You

It seems that as soon as November rolls around for many of us we get really busy with children’s activities and the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving, shopping for Christmas, decorating, plays, shows, family and non stop invitations to Christmas parties and activities.  We can make a career out of attending events all through the Christmas season without taking  a moment to recharge our batteries.

This Christmas season we are only 9 days in to the month, take a moment to write a list of what you have left to do, organize your time to allow some down time daily for yourself to just sip on coffee , tea, or hot cocoa uninterrupted, read, spend a few extra minutes just enjoying your significant other or your kids and pets.

Take another moment and write yourself a Christmas card and stick it in your stocking addressed “a Christmas gift to me” and enclose money/gift card to do whatever you like to do whether a pedicure, manicure, massage, facial, movie or anything that is a “just you” activity that will help you relax and enjoy the moment!

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Christmas Countdown Day 8 Lingering Lips

Studies have shown that couples who kiss often are up to eight times less likely to feel stressed or depressed. http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/14/health/upwave-kissing/

So tonight take a moment and meet your sweetie under the mistletoe and make it a habit to meet there often for a lifetime of good health.

At our house one year we forgot to put the mistletoe away and we have for the last few years enjoyed it staying out all year round!

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Countdown Day 7 Wrap Happily

Sometimes don’t you wish that you had elves that would take all the gifts you bought and wrapped them for you nicely?  Well, in a busy mom’s world I am sure that is a great idea.  To help you get started on wrapping, play some Christmas music that will put you in the Christmas spirit with some egg nog or hot cocoa.  Bending over on the floor can be hard on your back while wrapping gifts.  Consider wrapping on your kitchen table, dining room table or counter while standing on a mat and wearing comfortable shoes or wrap gifts while sitting down.  Following good body mechanics can save you a backache later on.  Another time-saving tip is to check the stores that you are purchasing your gifts from, some of them offer free gift wrapping, some charge a nominal fee and donate to a charity and sometimes the charity itself is at the store wrapping.  Happy Gift Wrapping!

 

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