Don't let stress dampen Christmas joy
As the holiday season approaches, it represents, for many, one of the busiest and stressful times of the year.
For many, such as those in retail, the clergy or the helping professions, the weeks leading up to Christmas are times of almost nonstop activity.
For others, the added pressure of preparing for family visits, or for a journey to be with loved ones, buying gifts, baking the annual Christmas treats or decorating are tasks added to already busy lives.
Medical research shows that stress can lead to all sorts of harmful conditions, from headaches to insomnia to digestive, cardiovascular and respiratory disorders.
The good news is our bodies are equipped to handle stress in short spurts, such as trying to make Christmas a joyful and memorable time for those around us.
The bad news is, ...