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3 Holiday Stress Quick Fixes

3 Holiday Stress Quick Fixes

I had a restless sleep last night filled with Thanksgiving cooking anxiety dreams–the oven became a fiery cave of incineration, the mountain of mashed potatoes kept shrinking as I stirred until there was but a single serving left for the crowd, and all of the food kept turning into crumbly powder as I tried to serve it. The kicker is, I’m not having Thanksgiving this year–in fact, I’m not even cooking a single dish! It’s as if some internal clock kicked in and started chiming, “stress, stress, stress.”

So for those of you elbow deep in 12 different recipes and counters covered in the chaos of cooking, I really feel your pain. Add in a dash of cleaning the house and a pinch of family drama, and, uhg! I know it is all really lovely, but it can be just as exhausting and exasperating.

The secret is to carve out a few extra minutes and take care of yourself sometime during the weekend. (Easy for me to say, as I’m not cooking, I know.) But I’ve had my share of holiday weekends where I was so slammed with making everybody else comforted and nourished that I was left limp and bedraggled when all was said and done–happy, but b-e-a-t. I’ve learned that taking even the tiniest break, if focused, can help hugely: Here are three great ways to take five and rejuvenate amidst the holiday hullabaloo.

1. See how to use bergamot essential oil for a quick infusion of uplifting calm and nonchalance. As in, “I dropped the turkey, burnt the yams, turned the potatoes into wallpaper paste, and didn’t get the grit out of the spinach–oh well, let’s party!”

2. Get your Calgon moments in with these two holiday bath soaks: A stimulating herb bath to perk you up, or a flower and spice stress-reducing bath to calm frazzled nerves.

3. Try this super quick kitchen-cupboard bath that promises to both soothe and rejuvenate.

Of course, you can also choose to go gonzo extreme like I have this year, which goes something like “Hello, dim sum,” and “Can I fit two movies into the day?” But that’s decidedly not so festive, and honestly, apparently, as evidenced by my kitchen nightmares, doesn’t even do much for the stress. I think I’ll take a bath.

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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10:23PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Thank you :)

2:01PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

My hair needs this!!

5:14AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

informative, thanks

5:32PM PST on Nov 14, 2012


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9:10AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

easier said than done...

6:21AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks for sharing

12:23AM PDT on May 31, 2012

great article, thanks

7:13PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

thank you.

3:58PM PST on Jan 4, 2012


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