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work up the ladder When your workload hangs heavy and your to-do list feels a mile long, area experts offer ways to ease stress, one simple step at a time Holiday Stress Busters Reconnect with yourself: "As a business owner and mother of two (with a third on the way!), yoga is my go-to for relieving stress. Here's a good pose to try at your desk: Sitting on your chair, bring your right heel over your left knee, making a triangle beneath your body. Inhale and then exhale as you lean over that triangle. Switch sides. Yoga helps us connect with our breath, which, in turn, helps us connect with ourselves and ease stress. Remember that the holidays are meant to be peaceful." Megan Ryan Kaiser, owner of Dragonfly Hot Yoga 30 BRAVA Magazine December 2012 Face your funds: "The credit card bills that come in January are a source of stress for many. So choose how you want to use money over this time. For some, it might be to spend more and know that it will take a few months to pay it off. For others, it might be to make a budget and stick with it. The key is to be conscious of your choice, rather than putting your head in the sand." Teresa Atkin, life coach with Relationship Place A one-word solution: "When your mind is spinning and you're feeling overwhelmed with everything you need to do, there is a very simple technique you can use to ease tension in your body and mind. Stop. Sit down. Breathe in. As you breathe out, inwardly whisper the word, 'soften.' 'Soften' is your per- sonal invitation to let go, rest and remember that this is the moment you are truly alive. Savor it." Sarah Moore, psychiatrist at Dean Oncology Center and meditation instructor Photo by Shanna Wolf

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