December is here again bringing the usual holiday bustle. However we’d like for you to keep a few things in mind during your shop-a-thons and schedule craziness. Since the holiday season brings about a lot of stress, it can weigh on your body so shopping should be done as easy as possible physically and mentally.

When shopping make sure to wear clothes that are comfortable and your shoes with cushioning. Layering would be wise if you live in a colder climate. Carrying a purse may weigh you down abnormally for long periods of time so it is recommended to either pack lightly or use your pockets to carry your ID and credit cards.

Always ask staff for help for odd, bulky, or heavy items.

Remember to take breaks, shopping can prove to be difficult especially if the stress is already there. Take a break every 45 minutes of shopping.  Older and/or sedentary lifestyle folks may need more frequent breaks.

The holiday temptation is real- indulge, but not too much! Eating better during the holiday season can alleviate stress and provide you with the energy necessary to tackle your list. There is also a surge of heart attacks during this season because of stress and heavy meals so please take caution and listen to your body. 

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