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Monday, December 06, 2010

The Sandwich Generation, Stress and the Holidays

As busy members of the sandwich generation, is the widespread commercialism of the holidays getting you down? How would you like to spend less time racking up credit card debt and more time putting heart into your relationships? A recent study shows that strong relationships not only provide companionship but boost longevity.

There's a lot riding on family togetherness during the holidays and this can cause stress for everyone. Here you'll find a variety of articles on stress, from the effects of too much pressure to how to measure your stress level and manage better.
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In blended families, there's the challenge of logistics, with the problem of trying to accommodate others' needs and still not compromise your own. And when family members don't live in the same city, it can be complicated whether you decide to go back home or have them on your turf. Of course, there are always ghosts of holidays past coupled with your present expectations, which are often unrealistic.

Although it's important to appreciate the traditions of giving and receiving, the accumulation of stuff can't hold a candle to the gift that matters most. This year, recreate the joy of simpler days by giving the priceless gift of connection to your family. Here are a couple of tips that will help you restore balance:

If you're traveling, pack your patience. Old family dynamics and unfinished business are bound to surface. Make a decision to leave behind the baggage that's too big to fit in the overhead compartment.

Balance nurturing the well being of others and your own.
Honor your body by doing what makes you feel physically and emotionally strong. Pay attention to your exercise routine, sleeping pattern and what you eat. Try to do what makes you feel less stressed, relaxed and alive.

Log on here Wednesday for more practical strategies. And get a head start by clicking on the Family Relationships category at HerMentorCenter - scroll down to the holiday section to find articles about how to deal with pressure and prevent disappointment.

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