WHOA, OH WHOA, WHERE DID THE DOLLARS GO?
Have yourself a scary little Christmas
See the bills add up
From now on you’ll be paying off those credit cards
For all the Christmas stuff.
You shake, you fret, your head spins, your stomach turns and you can’t sleep. How did this happen? Think back. How could you think it wouldn’t all add up? Over the years, overspending has shot up there as much as overeating and drinking. In one survey, 47% used credit cards, 9% dipped into their emergency funds, and 7% even tapped their retirement accounts. Tis the season for consumerism where gift-buying stampedes translate into bank depleting stress. And pressure. To name a few.
IT CAN DO YOUR HEART BAD
All the pressure coupled with all the over-indulgence can have some serious effects on your health. Diabetics’ sugar levels soar, stomach ulcers intensify and not least, increased blood pressure can actually increase the number of heart-related deaths over the holidays. Crazy, but many people who find themselves suffering on the 25th, actually wait until the 26th to go to the ER for chest pain. They don’t want to spoil the day. Many hospitals say the 26th is the busiest day of the year.
BE YOUR OWN ANGEL
Take a deep breath and know what a beautiful celebration you made of the holiday for so many people. Be proud of all you’ve done. In fact, now is a good time to make a list just for you:
- Take a breather
- Nap at will
- Order pizza
- Go out for dinner
- Don’t even think about returns
- Practice mindfulness (or learn what it is and how it can help on a daily basis)
- Stay in your pajamas as long as you want
- Say “no”. Repeatedly.
- Feel guilty about zip
- Pamper yourself—mani/pedi…even massage
- Think back about all the good times
- Forget vacuuming
- Thank you notes can wait as long as you get them out before next Thanksgiving
- Be the star at the top of your own tree.
STOP TOYING AROUND WITH YOUR HEALTH
When you’ve had your fill of more than turkey stuffing, know that all that excess you’re blaming the holidays on, might actually be coming from unbalanced hormones. Hormones are the chemical messengers that move through the body impacting the way your cells and organs function. When unbalanced, they can be real body bullies, disrupting how you feel all over. They can cause stomach pains, bloating, nausea and diarrhea. Give you headaches that feel like nutcrackers have had a field day with your brain, resulting in what’s called “memory fog”, leading to lack of focus and attention. Maybe hormones are where you should put the blame, not on how the holidays have made you feel, which isn’t always so hot. Well, fortunately for you, the gift of health is close by. There are few specialists in the Denver area that are more knowledgeable or experienced in hormone replacement than a very wise man, Dr. Stephen A. Goldstein, Goldstein, MD, FACS hormone health. Seeing him is like getting a gift you never expected. After meeting with him and taking some simple tests, he creates a treatment plan tailored to fit perfectly. Tailored to make you feel a big dose of awe.
And get all you want for Christmas.