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Prep for a stress-free holiday season

As the leaves start to change you may begin to have the holidays on the brain. Don’t let stress get the best of you. Instead, use this month to prepare yourself for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Worry less with a long weekend
Gone are the lazy hazy days of summer vacation. But that doesn’t mean there’s no time for relaxation. Take a long weekend for some quality you-time and enjoy your favorite fall activities. Whether it’s a staycation at home or a long family-filled weekend, focus on having some seasonal fun this month.

Focus on emotional wellness
October is National Emotional Wellness month. This serves as a great reminder that your emotional health is just as important as your physical health. Take a moment to monitor your level of stress and find ways to alleviate it—try these five easy steps. The upcoming holiday season can add a lot of stress to our regular lives. Keeping calm and centered before it begins can help arm you against this.

A little peace & quiet goes a long way
Before the sprint from Thanksgiving through New Year’s approaches, make room to enjoy a little time to yourself. According to a leading nutritional biochemist, “it’s better to prevent or to deflect stress than deal with it.” For example, if you’re working full-time and taking care of your family after-hours, there are simple solves. You can plan meals ahead of time. Or delegate tasks to others to give yourself 10 guilt-free minutes of time-out to relax. This can help you recharge before the big push of the holiday season.