Relieve Holiday Stress

Relieve holiday stressRelieve holiday Stress

When I think of the holiday season as joyous as it is, I can’t help thinking about stress.

Feeling the stress of the season? Me too!

Stress has been around since the beginning of time.

It started as the flight-or-fight reflex when early humans confronted a life-threatening situation, and now, stress itself has become a life-threatening situation.

Well, if we can’t eliminate all causes of stress, which is the way to go if you can do it, but good luck with that, what CAN we do about it?

Relieve holiday stress starting with my personal favorite.

 Relieve holiday stress



with a dog or cuddle with a cat



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Relax. No really, conscious relaxation is a form of Yoga or Meditation. Sometimes you only need a few seconds and you feel a lot better.

Try this at home or at work:

Sit down and close your eyes (if you’re on the street, duck into a doorway and keep your eyes open and one hand on your purse)

Let your muscles relax

Concentrate on your breathing

Breathe in and hold your breath for 1 second – 1 one hundred thousand, Breathe out

Breathe in again a little deeper and hold for 2 seconds – 1 one hundred thousand, 2 one hundred thousand – Breathe out

Breathe in deeper and hold for three, then four, then 5 seconds

When you get to around 3 seconds of breath holding your stress level should start to drop and your mind should to clear itself for thoughts.

After 5, you should feel pretty good. This actually works and can relieve holiday stress.

Eat better. Substituting good food like fruit for sugary snacks and drinking less caffeine and less alcohol can make a big difference

At home, put on some music and dance around for a song or two.

If you have the time, keep going, After a few minutes, as your heart rate goes up your mood will improve. This is because you’re now doing aerobic exercise, a great mood elevator, after about 20 minutes you’ll feel even better because the endorphins, your body’s natural anti-depressant drugs will kick in and all will be right with the world for a while.

By the way a half hour brisk walk or putting on an aerobics video also works great to relieve holiday stress.

Another great way to relieve holiday stress is to get a massage. Professional massage therapists are great, but for just plain stress, getting your significant other or a close friend to give you a massage works just as well, maybe better. Be sure to return the favor.

Hope you’ll try these and relieve holiday stress. Happier Holidays!

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Fashion FlashOur 4th of July edition of Fashion Flash is hosted this week by Marsha from Beauty Info Zone which is one of the best makeup and cosmetic blogs online. With an extensive background as a makeup artist and writer she gives you the best of the best reviews on the latest in makeup and skincare.

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Menopause, Exercise and Hot Flashes

Menopause pre and post is on the mind of many women. I’d like to share this exercise study that showed that regular exercise did not reduce the intensity or amount of hot flashes in post menopausal women. However, those women that exercised on a regular basis slept better and were less depressed. Guess what? Many of my clients (myself included) who were avid exercisers also said their hot flashes did not diminish. But they experienced less mood swings and had more energy than others who exercised less or not at all.

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Fashion Flash! Holiday Edition

Fashion Flash Welcome to another NEW Holiday Week Edition of Fashion Flash! I’m your host, Health & Wellness Blogger, Mirabai Holland from Join us Fashion Flash! Bloggers for some Holiday Fabulousness. We’ve got Fashion, Beauty, Health, Lifestyle and a Partridge in a Pear Tree. Enjoy.




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Melanie from Society Wellness teaches us that the health and tone of the muscles in our face are the keys to a youthful glow, and a balanced body.






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 Hannah Grufferman, author of THE BEST OF EVERYTHING AFTER 50 and AARP Contributor, shares her best tips to stay strong . . . for life.






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Fashion FlashHi, this is Mirabai Holland from Moving Free with Mirabai
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It is my pleasure to welcome two new expert bloggers to our Fashion Flash Consortium: Marcia Friedman from BeautyInfozone and Beth Djalali, from StyleataCertainAge

They have wonderful insights into the world of beauty and style.

As for the rest of us Fashion Flash bloggers we too have been busy finding the most up-to-date trends, info and the finest in Fashion, Beauty, Health & Fitness and Products

to help you look and feel your best during this Holiday Season.


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Are you prepared? Jackie Silver from has tips for staying healthy during flu season.





Now that “turkey eating season” is in full swing, Society Wellness shares two recipes that you can use all winter long: Turkey Meatballs and Turkey Loaf



. If you are looking to refresh your wardrobe or buy gifts for family and friends there are still bargains to be had in the holiday sales.



Now that cold weather is here, Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog explores the most important ingredient to look for in a moisturizer that hydrates without clogging the pores.

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Fashion FlashHi, this is Mirabai Holland from Moving Free with Mirabai
It’s Fashion Flash Monday, and I’m happy to be your host this week.
Our 40+ Fashion Flash Blogger Consortium has been hard at work as usual finding the finest in Fashion, Beauty, Health & Fitness and Products for discerning 40+ women.

 from Society Wellness has been a healthy vegan for over 20 years. Neither Melanie, nor the Society Wellness blog, preaches any specific diet or lifestyle as a must for everyone. You may have considered the idea of eliminating dairy from your diet, but are not sure if it is right for you. This post addresses some of the most basic questions about going dairy free. we or shouldn’t we wear the new style jeans. How to update your jeans this season.


Deb of No-Nonsense Beauty Blog looks at the natural ingredient that helps both acne and rosacea. quirky British retirees from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel are back in the sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a fun movie about when retirement doesn’t turn out as exactly as planned and a testament that love can bloom at any age. Tell Prime Beauty where you would like to retire for a chance to win a $50 VISA gift card and a copy of the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Hannah Grufferman, author of The Best of Everything After 50, thinks every woman should do this one exercise . . . every single day. Read this to find out what it is, and how to do it!


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 Brinkley is launching her own skin care line. DivaDebbi wants to know, “Will you have what she’s having”?




Brisk-walk-by-bay_webMenopause and Weight Gain: What You Can Do About It

A study from the Mayo Clinic has revealed that menopause and weight gain are linked because proteins that store fat do it better when estrogen is lost after menopause. They also cause fat to be burned by the body more slowly so weight gain after menopause is hard to fight. Something else happens too. A study in the Journal of Obesity points out that post menopausal women gain about 12 pounds following menopause. And even women that don’t see weight gain after menopause experience a shift in body shape that expands their waistline.

That’s because lower estrogen levels cause fat to shift from hips and thighs to the belly. Belly fat has been linked to higher incidence of heart disease. So menopause and weight gain is a serious health issue, not just a cosmetic one.

So what does one do about menopause and weight gain?

The only way to get rid of that belly fat is to lose weight everywhere and sculpt your body with exercise. Let’s talk calories. 1lb of weight equals 3500 calories. So to lose 1lb a week exercise 200 calories off with about a half hour of moderate cardio a day and eat 300 calories less every day. That 500 hundred multiple by 7 days will get you on the track to lose one pound per week. What can make this process easier is combine cardio with strength exercises. Try this anti menopause and weight gain routine.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday do 30-60 minutes of moderate cardio exercises like Brisk walking, swimming, biking jogging, or dance exercise videos.


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It’s Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion FlashFashion Flash is hosted this week by me, Mirabai Holland, creator of the Health & Fitness Blog Moving Free With Mirabai
February is Heart Month, and one of the most important things you can do for your heart is reduce stress. What better way to reduce your stress and improve your body image at the same time than to click-in to Fashion Flash. Spend a little ME TIME with us Fashion Flash Bloggers. Reduce your stress, and get the latest in Fashion, Beauty, Health & Fitness straight from the Heart!

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Best-of-Everything-After-50-logo-for-FF-groupBarbara Hannah Grufferman, author of The Best of Everything After 50, wants every woman to love her heart — and every part of her body — this Valentine’s Day, and all year long. Here are her best tips to get started 




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Maribai_Holland3RED HI KICKAccording to the National Institutes of Health a half hour of moderate aerobic exercise a day can reduce risk of heart attack by 50% and have a positive effect on most of the problems associated with aging.
Cardio energizes your body from the inside out. Your heart is pumping like mad. Your lungs and arteries are hard at work delivering the oxygen that you need to keep going.
Your muscles are getting a great workout carrying your body around. You’re burning a bunch of calories and if you keep it up for 30 minutes or more your natural mood enhancers the endorphins kick in and you get the exerciser’s high.

In case you forgot, aerobics is any exercise using your large muscle groups to increase the body’s need for oxygen over an extended period of time. Low impact Cardio Dance, Brisk Walking, Jogging, Biking and Swimming, are all good forms of aerobic exercise.

You can see why you’d want to get a daily dose of aerobic exercise.
It goes a long way toward reducing our risk for disease, managing our weight, and lightening our mood to help us stay fabulous forever.
So dust off your sneakers and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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It’s Fashion Flash Monday!

Fashion FlashFashion Flash is hosted this week by Deb Chase, creator of NoNonsenseBeautyBlog your authoritative source for beauty, skin care, diet and health minus the nonsense.
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The Joy of Movement

Expressive movement comes from a natural place within us. We’re all born knowing how to move. It’s innate, part of our humanity. As kids, we stamp our feet when angry, flail our bodies when frustrated and jump for joy. Humans have been expressing themselves through movement since the beginning of time. That movement has a purpose. It was never suppose to go away. But somehow, our so-called modern culture saw that release of tension, that form of human expression as primitive. So we have been repressing it for hundreds of years.
Our technology has brought us some great things. But it negates that part of who we are. We hardly have to move anymore and so we don’t-until we see ourselves falling apart at middle age. Turns out, movement was never primitive at all!
It’s primal! Primal is natural. Primal is good. It’s part of who we are, what we’re meant to be.
Studies show that expressive movement can help heal physical ailments and relieve psychological trauma. It can also get you fit, and Fitness=Longevity.
Get back in touch with that part of yourself that knows how to move, and feel better because of it. Tap into that mind-body connection that’s been there waiting for you. Release yourself from the conventional hard-body exercise experience.
Get back to your roots at this important time in your life. It’s as simple as turning on some music and dancing to the beat. Go ahead. Dance yourself fit.

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It’s Fashion Flash For Women 40+

Fashion FlashFashion Flash is hosted today by Cindy creator of Prime Beauty blog with the latest tips and info on everything beauty for women 40+ and in their prime.

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Did you know Fitness equals Longevity


Research shows even moderate fitness can greatly increase your longevity.

*(See study below)

Where to begin?

hiking.jpgIf you haven’t been physically active or done regular exercise for a while, it may be hard to know what to do.

Switching suddenly from a sedentary lifestyle to joining a gym in pursuit of the “hard body” fitness model is not only unrealistic for most people — it could result in injury when your body is not used to any exercise at all.

There’s a better option – one without stress, one without pressure.

It’s Moving Free® – a time each day you give yourself to rediscover the kind of movement that makes you feel good – that nurtures you, bringing warmth to your muscles and better circulation for a clearer mind. Without forcing yourself to fit some ideal image, you can move in your own way, spontaneously and naturally.

Physical fitness and all-cause mortality. A prospective study of healthy men and women.

Blair SN, Kohl HW 3rd, Paffenbarger RS Jr, Clark DG, Cooper KH, Gibbons LW.

Institute for Aerobics Research, Dallas, Tex 75230.

swim-pink.jpgWe studied physical fitness and risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality in 10,224 men and 3120 women who were given a preventive medical examination. Physical fitness was measured by a maximal treadmill exercise test. Average follow-up was slightly more than 8 years, for a total of 110,482 person-years of observation. There were 240 deaths in men and 43 deaths in women. Age-adjusted all-cause mortality rates declined across physical fitness quintiles from 64.0 per 10,000 person-years in the least-fit men to 18.6 per 10,000 person-years in the most-fit men (slope, -4.5). Corresponding values for women were 39.5 per 10,000 person-years to 8.5 per 10,000 person-years (slope, -5.5). These trends remained after statistical adjustment for age, smoking habit, cholesterol level, systolic blood pressure, fasting blood glucose level, parental history of coronary heart disease, and follow-up interval. Lower mortality rates in higher fitness categories also were seen for cardiovascular disease and cancer of combined sites. Attributable risk estimates for all-cause mortality indicated that low physical fitness was an important risk factor in both men and women. Higher levels of physical fitness appear to delay all-cause mortality primarily due to lowered rates of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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