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'Tis the season to be stressed. At least that's how the winter holidays can feel, thanks to family, work and financial pressures. Your body and mind function best with adequate sleep, nourishment and exercise. This is your first line of defense against the added stress and demands of the holiday season.
Don't be tempted to get by on less sleep; instead, look for ways to simplify holiday preparations. Try not to overindulge in too many fatty or sweet-laden foods that abound this time of year. These types of food zap your energy levels, and can send your mood on a roller-coaster ride of unwanted highs and lows. If you must cut back on your normal exercise time, try to keep fit by incorporating some movement in your daily errands — park farther away from store entrances, or take the stairs instead of escalators or elevators.
Still feel a little frazzled? Here are some additional ways to cope with — and avoid —holiday stress:
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To learn more about Sharp's mental health services or to find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego psychiatrist or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about mental health, visit Mental Health Disorders in Adult Health or read the Mental Health News archive.