For Sandwiched Boomers, the financial debacle precipitated losses on many levels besides the stock market. And with the holidays just around the corner, the crisis in confidence couldn’t have come at a worse time. This week our blog’s focus is on how the gift of connection with family and friends can help reduce holiday stress.

Stress is the body’s response to any stimulus – external or internal – perceived as taxing personal resources. Think about what’s going on for you. Does food become your comfort and challenge, eating the cookie dough instead of baking it? Is gift giving your major source of stress, as you search for the best holiday bargains? At the annual office party, will you be busy at the buffet table instead of networking?

You may be creating more stress for yourself by sticking to old routine and operating on automatic pilot. Symptoms of stress can creep up on you or appear suddenly at any time. Notice if you’re feeling the pressure in any of the following ways:

Physiological – headaches, stomach upset

Emotional
– feeling irritated, overwhelmed

Behavioral – overeating, physical withdrawal

Cognitive – trouble concentrating, memory loss

Log on all week for tips to manage stress that don’t cost you anything except time. And let us hear about some ideas that work for you.

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