Ten Tips To Survive (And Enjoy) The Holiday Season

We all know that the holidays can create more stress than “peace on earth.” So if you find yourself gravitating toward your bed in the hopes of pulling the covers over your head and not getting up until the second week of January, then consider these suggestions for surviving and enjoying the holiday season

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  • Accept your limitations. Set realistic expectations for yourself and others. Delegate or dump tasks altogether. Practice saying “no.”
  • Pace yourself and prioritize. Develop a plan. Make a to-do list, set deadlines and write them on your calendar. This will end the last minute frenzy.
  • Keep it simple. Improvise. Think potluck, take out, or inviting people for the day after the holidays to feast on leftovers.
  • Accept a little help from your friends. This is no time to go it alone or to try to control all aspects of everything.
  • Don’t coast on empty. Make time for some activities that nourish you. Keep up with your exercise routine; sleep; take some down time for you.
  • Do things that give meaning to the holidays. Volunteer, engage in spiritual activities, and spend time enjoying the company of family and friends.
  • Savor life’s little pleasures. Count your blessings. Express caring and gratitude to yourself and others.
  • Give the gift of yourself. Have a close friend or family member choose one activity that makes the holiday especially fun or meaningful for them, and do it with that person.
  • Accept change. If you’ve suffered a loss during the year, consider changing your routine and doing something different.
  • Be your own cheerleader. Breathe, laugh, watch a funny movie, and remind yourself that you can do it. You have successfully survived many holiday seasons. And you will survive this one, too.

Dr. Ellen Costello, Director of the Women’s Partial Program at Butler Hospital.

Are you and your car prepared for winter?

SOMETHING I DO EVERY YEAR IS SPEND SOME QUALITY TIME WITH MY VEHICLE AND GET IT READY FOR THE COLD WEATHER. IT BORDERS ON OCD ACTUALLY BUT NO ONE CAN SAY I’M NOT PREPARED FOR THE BAD WEATHER. I, LIKE ANYBODY ELSE HATE UNEXPECTED BREAKDOWNS AND REALLY WHEN IT ONLY TAKES A LITTLE EFFORT TO GET THING. IT NEVER HURTS TO HAVE THE CAR AND BE MENTALLY PREPARED

SWITCH to WINTER WINDSHIELD WASHER fluid

Make sure the label says it’s rated not to freeze and that it has strong cleaning agents that get your window clean, fast. Keep extra fluid on hand in your trunk.

FILL UP on ANTIFREEZE

Make sure to check your car’s owner’s manual to be sure you use the correct coolant for your vehicle. Test it’s freeze point to make sure it’s strong enough for winter

GET POWER STEERING fluid

In the winter, due to cold weather temperatures, your car’s gaskets shrink. Premium power steering fluids are made to condition seals and prevent leaks in shrinking gaskets.

CHECK BRAKE fluid

The most common brake fluids are DOT 3 and DOT 4 and they are available in synthetic blends. Make sure you get the correct brake fluid for your vehicle as it varies by type of car and whether it uses ABS.

USE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID or GEAR OIL

Used for both automatic and manual car transmissions. One key difference is Manual Transmissions use gear oil, while an Automatic Transmission uses standard ATF fluid.

CONSIDER changing your ENGINE OIL

Synthetic oils are typically a better choice for winter driving than conventional oils as they are formulated to protect your engine when you start it up in cold temperatures. Make sure you have the right viscosity for the temperature.

Change the windshield wiper blades

This is one usually overlooked until you have a windshield full of snow and ice. Usually make the trip to the automotive parts store long and frustrating.

windshield scraper and snow brush

6am in the morning is usually a bad time to figure out your scraper and brush are either gone and/or misplaced

Winter Tires

Snow and ice rated tires are a must these days, some Provinces and States have made them mandatory. Either way without traction and braking power you’re going nowhere.

Battery, Belts and hoses

Battery condition, age etc, Belts and hoses should all be looked over and replace as necessary.

The Walking Dead Season 5

Don’t miss the new season of The Walking Dead, returning this Sunday October 12 @9pm est. Only on AMC.

With the Season 5 Premiere of The Walking Dead lurking just around the corner, there’s no better time to catch up on, or rewatch, every single episode from Seasons 1-4. Starting Mon., Oct. 6 at 7/6c PM, fans can do just that with AMC’s Zombie Apocalypse Week Marathon, featuring every single episode of The Walking Dead to date. Start by watching the Series Premiere, “Days Gone Bye”  on Mon., Oct. 6 at 7/6c PM, and then continue Tuesday through Friday with episodes from Seasons 1, 2 and 3 airing in order every night starting at 7/6c PM. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the stakes are raised with a marathon of episodes from Seasons 3 and 4 starting Saturday at Noon/11c and continuing right up to the Season 5 Premiere, “No Sanctuary” on Sunday, October 12 at 9/8c PM.

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