If you've recently fantasized about slapping a too-slow cashier or stabbing a rude party guest, you'd better read these nerve-soothing tips, pronto.
This time of year can try even the sweetest chick's patience - what with crowded stores, too many parties (and hangovers), and annoying family demands - and experts are saying this month will be a "perfect storm" of stress because of financial worries on top of everything else.
"Stressful situations increase cortisol levels and cause a dip in feel-good hormones," explains Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD, author of 10 Simple Solutions to Stress. "And since women are conditioned not to express their anger in an aggressive and direct way, they deal with those hormonal changes in what seems like a more subtle manner: by getting in a bad mood." Meaning, we get bitchy. In the interest of not totally losing your s---, we suggest you read our 10 strategies for keeping cool.
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