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Winter holiday stress relief: Flex expectations - look for treasures - let nature entertain

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By Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins
Posted Nov 29, 2011 in Health
Here are a few tips off the top of my head for sudden stress relief during the winter holidays or whenever:
Flexing expectations is a mental exercise than gets funner with practice. One way to do it: Pick an expectation, symbolize it and imagine stretching the symbol until it shape-shifts into something even better.
Looking for new treasures can be practiced while gift shopping, but I usually do it on neighborhood strolls. Some treasures revealed outdoors are better left for others to enjoy, but some are keepers, as fleeting memories or tangible collectibles.
Letting nature entertain for a change is another favorite stress relief activity. It helps that I haven't owned a television in years.
Decorating an outdoor evergreen tree can be exciting on a windy day!
Here are a few more pictures...
Holiday evergreens thrive on every block -- celebrate the green!
Holiday evergreens thrive on every block -- celebrate the green!
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Why not play with my shadow amid evergreen branches  orange leaves and red berries?
Why not play with my shadow amid evergreen branches, orange leaves and red berries?
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Sitting next to the track I wonder what is being railroaded; glints of gold contrast with winter s e...
Sitting next to the track I wonder what is being railroaded; glints of gold contrast with winter's empty branches and hint opportunities might be rolling by.
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An empty nest decorates lacy winter branches next to a row of Arborvitae greenery.
An empty nest decorates lacy winter branches next to a row of Arborvitae greenery.
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Noticing berry-laden branches against a blue winter sky encourages a brighter outlook.
Noticing berry-laden branches against a blue winter sky encourages a brighter outlook.
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