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Your 5-Second Stress Fix This Holiday Week

Feeling fried and frazzeled? Stop and SODA! (Photo courtesy of Reggie Casagrande)

As we gear up for a week filled with family, food, catching up with old friends and celebrating the season, times will certainly be jolly but more than likely, they'll get a little tense too. In fact, past studies done by the American Psychological Association have shown that women get more stressed than men during the holidays due to home responsibilities, and because of this are more likely to fall into bad health habits, like comfort eating.

So if your Aunt Ida has one too many and starts spouting off at the mouth about your silverware choices (yet again) or you don't know how you'll possibly be able to finish all of your shopping before Santa's sleigh rolls into town, take this tip from davidji, apprentice to Deepak Chopra and author of Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation to SODA. And no, we don't mean the drink!

  • S: Stop whatever you are doing.
  • O: Observe the moment and take a deep breath to calm yourself down.
  • D: Detach yourself from any drama taking place. Literally, take a step back!
  • A: Awaken to your best self. Ask yourself, "How would the best version of me respond to this?"

Feel better yet? Happy holidays from the FITNESS team and here's to a happy and healthy 2013!

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