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|Coping with Holiday Stress|
Nutrition support therapy and not being able to eat can add layers of stress to what many already consider a stressful time: "the holidays.” How do you cope?
Oley Ambassador Michelle Barford says:
"I guess in my ‘old age’ I don’t get so stressed anymore! And, I no longer work which is a huge part of the equation. But to avoid stress when I did work I used to plan ahead and make lists of things I needed to do and deadlines of when they needed to be done. I was never a procrastinator and because of all the kids we had, biological and foster kids, I had to be organized.
"We still try to go to our favorite traditional holiday festivities. As soon as the schedules come out in the local paper, I put them on the calendar and start planning! My food consumption is greatly reduced, but I don’t let that get in the way of enjoying the holidays. I still cook/bake all the good stuff my family wants and/or expects.
"And I thank God that I’m still here and can do these things that I love to do for my family! I think I must be very much like my mother in that she always did everything and never complained about how it may have affected her. She never whined about having too much to do and too little time or how tired she was...she just did it! And so do I...”
LifelineLetter, November/December 2014