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Page 39 of 84 37 leaving you running on an empty tank. In the end, you fi nd yourself too tired to enjoy the holiday activities you've just run yourself ragged to prepare for. The good news is that while fatigue can be devastating to your health, it isn't attached to you. Think of it more like an unwanted companion, and use these tips to break away from it so you can enjoy the holidays. MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE Completing your long list of tasks in an organized way can greatly reduce the time, eff ort, and stress involved. Start by making lists of not only what you need to do, but also how you need to do it. For example, having a plan of what to buy, where to buy it, and when to buy it greatly cuts down on the risk of frantically scouring a store at the last minute for an item that might be out of stock. Organize your shopping so you can make the least number of trips possible, and minimize those trips even further by shopping online. Check store hours in advance and try to shop at nonpeak times—fi rst thing in the morning or an hour before closing. Pace yourself by spreading holiday tasks over a period of weeks (or even months), and give yourself a buff er by setting an "end date" several days before the holiday; nothing shreds your nerves like scrambling to fi nd cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving morning or searching for that perfect gift when you're hours away from exchanging presents. Merry & Bright Ways to avoid anxiety and fatigue during the holidays The holidays can be a magical time, but they can also perform an unwanted magic trick on your energy and stamina by causing them to vanish into thin air. The first reason for this is the extra time and effort we all spend planning our celebrations. While loudspeakers around us blast songs about dashing through the snow, we find ourselves dashing to the mall, the post office, the grocery store, and dozens of other places as we madly prepare for the festivities. Getting ready for the holidays can be as exhausting as taking on another full-time job, leaving us drained and cheerless during what's supposed to be the happiest season of the year. And while the physical exertion required for all that shopping and cooking and entertaining is enough to sap your energy on its own, the anxiety those duties cause makes things even worse. Stress prompts your body to produce a hormone called cortisol, which in turn boosts your adrenaline level. Your metabolism then kicks into high gear, depleting your glucose and expertadvice REPLENISH by Lynn J. Parentini

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