3 De-Stressors for Standing in Line This Weekend

With the last shopping weekend before the Christmas, we're wishing that December had a few extra shopping days. If you're like us and have waited until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, a long, daunting weekend is waiting. Here are three de-stressing techniques to keep in mind whether you're feeling the pressure now or sweating in the long check out lines.

1) Plug in your iPod. You don't want to seem like one of those aloof teenagers you see in Target, but popping in your ear buds are useful when you can't stand another rendition of "Little Drummer Boy." for when you need to tune out your bustling surroundings as you're strolling the aisles.

2) Avoid coffee and opt for green tea instead. Large amounts of caffeine can make you irritable, and once you pair that with irritated shoppers and crowded parking lots, it's disastrous. Carry a Nalgene or Swigg bottle of water with you to keep you hydrated.

3) Take a deep breath and get a little zen. You hear this all the time, but deep breathing exercises are incredibly useful for calming down your body. As you take a slow, deep breath through your nose, remind yourself that you have no control over the slow clerk or the two-year-old screaming behind you. As you exhale through your mouth, imagine yourself getting rid of all the negative thoughts. Do this until you feel calm and level again.

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