Every year, I make the same promise to myself: I will start my holiday gift shopping in October. And every year, I somehow find myself screeching into a mall parking lot on Christmas Eve, panicked about crossing off the last few people on my list. Of course, this harried mad-grab is no way to spend one of the most festive nights of the year. Not only do I end up buying things I'm less than psyched about giving (so lame), but it's a stressful way to cap off weeks of cookie-baking, party-hopping, present-wrapping chaos. And as every Women's Health reader knows, stress can have some pretty nasty effects on your health (sleeplessness, lethargy, an accumulation of belly fat. . . 'nuff said).
Though the countdown has begun, there's still time to accomplish everything at a reasonable pace. To help you get into a Zen zone, Women's Health has pinpointed scientifically proven stress-busting strategies you can put into action all day long to keep anxiety at bay.
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