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Holiday Stress-Busters

This holiday season, prevent a stress-induced burnout by being proactive about self-care. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2016)

This holiday season, prevent a stress-induced burnout by being proactive about self-care. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2016)

’Tis the season to be jolly, but for many people, the holidays are more synonymous with stress than merriment. From checking off your gift shopping list to getting your home ready to accommodate guests, the nonstop pace of the “holiday hustle” can eventually dim even the brightest of spirits. That’s why, in the interest of avoiding a yuletide meltdown, it’s important to be proactive about self-care in the weeks leading up to your seasonal celebration. Consider the following ideas for busting your stress buildup:

Practice simple stress-managing techniques. You may not realize it, but the power to alleviate stress is literally in the palm of your hand. For example, placing your palm to your forehead has a legitimate physiological effect. Continue reading “Holiday Stress-Busters” »

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Away for the Holidays

Even if you’re planning to be away for the holidays, there are still plenty of safety-related aspects to address in your absence. Photo: Jennifer Chan (2015)

Even if you’re planning to be away for the holidays, there are still plenty of safety-related aspects to address in your absence. Photo: Jennifer Chan (2015)

In last week’s installment, we addressed important aspects of home safety during the holiday season. In part two, we talk about home safety again—this time for while you’re away. After all, even though you’re out of town, there are still plenty of things that can go wrong in your absence. Here are some important things to consider:

Keep burglars at bay. Everyone knows the holidays are the most profitable time of year for retailers, but many forget it’s also peak season for burglars. So, if you’re planning to do any traveling, you should take proactive measures to protect your home while you’re gone. Continue reading “Away for the Holidays” »

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Home for the Holidays

In addition to making things merry and bright, take measures to maximize safety this holiday season. Photo: Megan Harris (2015)

In addition to making things merry and bright, take measures to maximize safety this holiday season. Photo: Megan Harris (2015)

While it’s fun to decorate and prepare for family gatherings and other festivities, one thing that’s easily forgotten amid the holiday hubbub is safety. In part one of our holiday blog series, we touch on a few seasonal safety essentials for your home and family.

Don’t take electrical safety lightly. As you prepare to transform your home into a quadrangular beacon of illumination for the entirety of December, make sure you take proactive steps to ensure electrical safety. Before hanging your holiday lights, inspect each strand and dispose of any that appear damaged or have lost their UL listing. Continue reading “Home for the Holidays” »

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