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How to Control Holiday Overindulge

Holiday stress can trigger depression, generalized anxiety and overindulgence. Stress can make you withdraw from others and contract as a person, feeling less than. On the other hand, overindulgence is the frenzied side of stress – partying, feasting, drinking and substance abuse. In other words, the sword turned inward or the sword turned outward both are harmful fraught with terrible consequences.

Typical holiday stress like feeling lonely or mourning a lost relationship as well as conflicts with difficult family members are intensified during this season of peace, love and compulsory togetherness. In addition many experience financial difficulties because they are overextended during the gift giving season. Keep in mind that the days are shorter, but the to-do list is longer. Sleep, exercise and healthy eating fall by the wayside because stress has a tipping point and can overwhelm, making you feel numb. So, you overindulge to temporarily assuage all that stress, but that good feeling does not last; in fact, you feel worse afterwards, hurled into a downward spiral.

The consequences of overindulgence:

How to handle the holiday blues:

For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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