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The Orange Alert is Darkening My Holidays - What Can I Do?

Dear Debbie,
The new orange terrorist alert is making me apprehensive. This is one more stressor I donít need! Now all I see on TV are diagrams of dirty bombs, airports tightening security and our fighter planes airborne guarding what used to be the friendly skies. What can I do to control my uneasiness? (Stressed in New York)


Dear Stressed,
While the media has the responsibility of communicating information necessary for national protection, listening to it 24/7 will only magnify your fears. Follow your intuition. If you donít feel like flying with an orange alert, then donít. Thereís no place like home anyway! If you donít feel like using Penn Station for awhile, then donít. However, if you do travel, donít envision the worst.

Here are some tips:Remember Rooseveltís inspiring words: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Stress Management - Personal Advice Column
One of the best ways to shed stress is to express yourself truly. Donít suppress nagging questions or worries. Put your energy into a solution. Often two heads are better than one. Write to me and I will act as an objective friend.
Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WLIE 540AM in New York City , produces a weekly wellness newsletter, and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media. To learn more visit: www.turnonyourinnerlight.com



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