Beating Holiday Stress

Many people would say that the holiday season brings with it just as much stress as it does joy, leaving them unable to really enjoy themselves. If you find yourself agreeing with this, read on for some great tips on how to beat that dreaded holiday stress.

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Don’t Over-Schedule
You may feel obliged to accept just about every invitation that comes your direction during the holiday season, but over-scheduling is pretty much a guaranteed way to bring on huge amounts of holiday stress. Learning how to say no may seem simple, but it is something that can sometimes take quite a bit of work. However, once you do say no, this will go a long way in reducing the amount of seasonal stress that you experience, as your calendar will not be packed with too many obligations, leaving you with plenty of time for yourself.

Think Before You Spend
The financial pressure that often comes with the holiday season is enough to cause stress to even the most laid back person, but it does not need to be this way. Before you begin spending for the holidays, set yourself a realistic budget that will not leave you dealing with excessive debts in the new year, and make sure that you stick to it. When it comes to gifts, do not forget that non-material presents can often be the most meaningful, from personalized poems to home videos.

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Take a Break
When everything starts to seem slightly overwhelming, this is the time to step back and take a short break for 15 minutes or so. Heading outside for some fresh air will do you some good in multiple ways, from the sunlight stimulating the production of serotonin within the body, otherwise known as the feel good hormone, to the motion of walking having a tranquilizing effect on the brain. Once you return to the stressful situation, you will feel much more refreshed and better capable of dealing with it.

Don’t Abandon Healthy Habits
After striving all year to be as healthy as possible, the thought of overindulging during the holiday season can often be quite stressful, as you become fully aware of the guilt that you will soon be facing. To avoid over-eating when it comes to unhealthy snacks at holiday parties, have something healthy to eat before leaving the house, so that you will not be as hungry when you arrive. You can also make your own kitchen as healthy and supportive as possible, by doing everything from removing any sugar-filled treats, which you know you will be eating plenty of when out, to keeping your home alcohol-free and only drinking when you are out socializing, as excessive alcohol is definitely not good for your health.

The holiday season is supposed to be a joyful time, with peace and happiness being promoted. However, the only way that you can really enjoy all that the holidays truly stand for is by ensuring that you are as stress-free as possible, so keep these methods in mind whenever you start to feel overwhelmed.

Skin Care for Babies, Children and Tweens

As a parent, it is hugely important to establish good skin care habits for your babies, maintaining this as they grow. Once they are tweens, you will need to begin to pass these habits on, making sure that they are well-equipped for life when it comes to knowing how to keep skin healthy and clear.

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Skin Care for Babies
There is nothing quite like the soft delicate skin of a baby, but don’t forget that babies are so extremely prone to skin irritations, especially in the first few months after being born. These most commonly occur in the diapered areas, as these parts of the skin are often wet and exposed to friction. A barrier ointment after every diaper change will help to protect these areas, and you should also try to let the baby ‘air out’ as much as possible. Just like your skin, your baby’s skin also needs to be moisturized, and creams and ointments are usually chosen over lotions, as these are much milder on the skin. However, be sure not to apply these products to your baby’s hands unless you are covering their hands up, as their hands will often end up in their mouth. When it comes to sun protection, babies under the age of six months should be kept away from direct sunlight as much as possible, and, when you do have to take your baby out in the sun, be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen, as it is so important to protect that tender skin at this early stage in life.

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Skin Care for Children
As your child grows, good skin care habits are extremely important, as this will help them to begin to develop their own healthy skin care practices. When choosing products to wash your children with, make sure that they are gentle, and free of any fragrances or dyes, as this will only irritate their skin. Just like with babies, it is important to keep their skin consistently moisturized and covered with sunscreen whenever outside, even on cloudy days. Encourage your children to wash their face twice a day, but be sure to teach them how to be gentle, so that they know not to scrub too hard.

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Skin Care for Tweens
Once your children have reached the tween stage, you will need to make some adjustments to their skin care routines. Oil-free products are important now, and this applies to everything from sunscreen to soaps, as these will help to keep pores unclogged. The body is going through many changes at this point in life, and increased oil production is just one of them. Your tween may experience a variety of different skin issues, and if these do not clear after a couple of months of using over-the-counter products, it is crucial that you take them to see a dermatologist, who will be able to prescribe a medication that could make a world of difference to your tween’s life.

Babies and children have sensitive and delicate skin, which is why it needs to be properly moisturized and nourished right from birth. By sticking to a good skin care routine from the beginning, you will be instilling these habits into your children, and this will be a huge help to them when they are older, and start to experiment with different types of skin care for themselves.