Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah from Feel Bach

Here we are, in the middle of the holiday hustle and bustle.

We hope you're enjoying it, but we know that it can sometimes be stressful as well. There are just so many places to go and things to do. And your normal activities don't just stop because you want to celebrate the holidays.

So - take the time to plan some "stress breaks" for you, your children, and your pets.

When you're filling your day planner with activities, pencil in a half hour (or even fifteen minutes) here and there to simply be alone. Sit down and do nothing but breathe.

Take long, slow, deep breaths and let them out slowly. And think about nothing but the act of breathing. Teach your children to do the same.

And of course, keep your bottle of Feel5ive handy to use whenever you start to feel over taxed. If the kids are getting a little too wound up and excited, share it with them.

And... share it with your pets. A few drops in the water dish on days when there will be people coming and going will help them stay calm. Some pets do just fine with extra activity in the house - some even enjoy it. But if yours are going to be upset, you do need to help them.

If your pets are used to being crated, put them in their crates before company arrives. If they're NOT used to it - don't do it. You'll make their stress worse.

Instead, put their beds, toys, and water in a room that won't be used. Then go in or send the kids in occasionally to spend a few minutes with them.

We wish you the best holiday season ever!

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