Giving yourself holiday presence

The holidays are upon us and this is supposed to be the happiest time of the year – jolly, festive parties, quality time with your family, peace and love and goodwill and…

Wait a minute.

The last time I spent with my family wasn’t calming at all…it was, as my husband would say “exactly the opposite of calming.”

But quality time with the family is some times simply unavoidable. So how do you keep yourself sane?

Yes, a quick Xanax when nobody’s looking or a big fat martini when they are will tamp down the knife-in-your-head tension headache that starts as you pull into your Aunt Edna’s driveway and gird your loins for her annual “My, you’ve gained weight!” pronouncement.

But, believe it or not, those are not the healthiest of options. So let me make some pre-emptive suggestions. What you want to do is increase your production of serotonin. That’s the neurotransmitter that calms you down or at least gives you a rest from the voices in your brain screaming “Run! Leave! Take the rugelach with you!”

Try plums, pineapple, bananas or sour cherries for a serotonin boost. Proteins, like, wild fish and seafood, whey protein, eggs, beef and turkey can also increase the production of serotonin in your stress soaked brain.

And as an added bonus, remember that dark chocolate is a mood boosting snack, as are sweet potatoes and raisins thanks to their rich vitamin B6 content.

Besides eating calming foods, don’t forget to do some basic stress management – Take time out of your schedule to get a massage, facial, lap dance, whatever it is that floats your boat.

Be kind to yourself. You deserve it.

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3 Responses to “Giving yourself holiday presence”

  1. Jocelyn Says:

    Just have to say I love reading your blog! So funny and I learn a lot

  2. Charline Hammitt Says:

    Great post mate! Wheres the subscribe button? Haha

  3. Jack 3d Says:

    What’s up, I just started reading your blog – thank you for writing. Just wanted to let you know that it’s not displaying correctly on the BlackBerry Browser (I have a Storm). Anyway, I’m now subscribed to your RSS feed on my home PC, so thanks again!

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