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Submitted by Dr Wilkerson D.C.

4 Ways to Keep Your Holiday

A

s we’ve discussed several times already this year (and on an annual ba-

sis), the holidays bring not only the joy of the season, but unfortunately,

their fair share of stress as well. Running through malls, organizing events,

wrapping up end-of-year work details, and myriad other activities specific to the

holiday season can take their toll on even the most calm, low-stress person.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the right attention to stress-reducing strate-

gies, you can avoid the madness (or at least mitigate its impact on your quality of

life) and keep your holidays sane. Here are four ways to do it:

1.

Two for the Price of One: When you’re crumbling under the weight of an

oppressive To-Do List you think you’ll never complete, multitasking can be your best friend. It all starts by

organizing that list to group responsibilities / to-do’s that can be accomplished at the same time or in close

proximity. Need to run to the mall for a few gifts, grab some lights for the tree and stop by the in-laws for din-

ner? Determine the best route to ensure you’re not running around town or consuming your entire day. Simple

scheduling tactics can help, too: perhaps a holiday lunch can be switched to breakfast if you have other duties

to attend to in the morning, so you can take care of everything in the a.m. and have your p.m. to enjoy, stress-

free.

2.

Stick to the Plan: Now is defi-

nitely not the time to stop exercising

and eating right. You may think this

is actually the perfect time to take a

well-deserved break ... but how will

you feel? For most people, routine is a

source of comfort and self-confidence,

particularly when it involves how they

look and feel. So stick to the plan

that’s worked all year; your body and

mind will thank you for it.

3.

Rise and Shine: No, we’re not

recommending you wake up early

every day during the holiday season,

although many people find getting up

early and going to sleep at a reason-

able hour is preferable to the other

way around from a stress perspective. We’re actually talking about reducing your stress this time of year by

getting things done early. No doubt you’ve got your fair share of things to do in addition to your “regular” daily

responsibilities. One thing’s certain: If you leave things until the last minute, you’ll increase the likelihood that

you won’t get everything done, and you’ll undoubtedly elevate your stress levels.

4.

The More the Merrier: We’ll end today’s lesson with the one too many people completely overlook,

not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year. A top cause of stress is feeling overwhelmed;

thinking you have to get too much done all by yourself. But why? Unless you’re a hermit, you’re not alone,

so rely on friends, family and loved ones – the very

people whose company you should be enjoying and

celebrating this season – to help with the kids, your

shopping list, meal preparation, or just giving you an

hour or two of peace and quiet. It’s a great way to

keep stress at bay as the year winds down. Marc F.

Wilkerson D.C. Wilkerson Chiropractic Inc. 415 Eat

Ocean. Lompoc, CA. 93436. www.wilkersonchiro.

com.

info@wilkersonchiro.com

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facility, focusing primarily on post-hospitalization

transitional care. Our greatest success is the ability

to help patients recover and discharge back to home or to a

lower level of care.

We employ our own therapists and operate a large, fully

contained therapy unit. Together, with our nursing staff, our

goal is to help patients achieve their highest level of func-

tional independence.

We are licensed by both the California State Department

of Health and the Federal Government. As such, our staff

provides 24-hour-a-day nursing care and supervision to our

patients. These services include assistance with activities

of daily living (dressing, bathing, grooming, transfers, am-

bulation, etc.), feeding or assistance with meals, giving of

medications, treatments, etc. The level of services provided

to an individual patient can vary greatly depending on that

patient’s needs.

Licensed nursing staff members are on duty 24 hours a

day and work with a team of trained nursing assistants in

providing the nursing care for our patients.

For more information contact us at: 1428 W North Ave,

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