Pucker Up

IMG_5408.JPGDecember is my least favorite month of the year. The “to do” list is never ending. I truly don’t know how people who don’t have time off survive the month of December. Even knowing that I don’t have any work responsibilities five days before Christmas, I don’t see any possible way to get everything done.

Shopping, shopping, shopping, and more shopping…not just the gifts, but food. I feel like I live at Publix.

My two most common questions are where are my keys and where is my wallet...signs of too much December stress.
My two most common questions are where are my keys and where is my wallet…signs of too much December stress.

Planning and organizing too many events and trying to coordinate schedules. It’s exhausting and stressful.

Looks like it’s time to de-stress. Join me in trying a couple of these ways to relieve your stress:

  • Pucker up – did you know a kiss a day can keep stress away? A Northwestern University researcher claims endorphins released while kissing decrease stress. (I don’t know if this is true, but why not give it a try?)
  • Take a time out. You don’t need for a parent or teacher to order you to the time out corner. Give yourself a time out! Close your eyes, stretch, breathe deep, get away from the moment.
  • Open a window. Just looking out the window and connecting to nature can be relaxing, but letting in a little fresh air provides an even better experience.
  • Go for a walk. When you’re mentally tired, an intense workout may not be what you need. Instead, a walk or light workout can provide a boost.
  • Spend some time outside in the sunlight. How can that not make you feel better?
  • Play a video game. (I guess that means you shouldn’t look at playing these games as a slacker behavior.) According to researchers at East Carolina University, playing non-violent video games can decrease your stress and elevate your mood.
  • Meditate. This is something I’ve never been able to do, but think it may be at the top of my 2015 New Years’ Resolutions.

But maybe the best stress reliever would be learning to say that one little word..no! No, I can’t add another thing to my plate at this time.

In the meantime, pucker up.