If you're like us, your to-do list for December goes something like this: find the perfect Christmas cards. Sign, address and remember to buy stamps for those perfect Christmas cards. Think of a creative, insightful gift for each person on your list, while finding the absolute lowest price. Purchase those gifts and wrap each one beautifully. Make dozens of tempting treats while trying not to indulge in any yourself. Oh yes, that's in addition to your usual job, relationship and children that you manage everyday. Whew! It's enough to make you wish for an army of Santa's elves!
|Have Yourself a Stress-Free Little Christmas|
We all know that stress takes a toll on your emotional state, but it also can be hard on your heart health. So keep your heart happy this holiday season by trying some of these low stress tips:
Get Moving. When there is so much on your to-do list, the last things to get checked off usually have to do with your health. Do your best to get some exercise every day, whether it's hitting the gym, going to a yoga or zumba class, walking the dogs or just parking in Siberia when headed to the mall.
Clear your Head. Carve out some time before bed to do something quiet that you enjoy, like reading, taking a bubble bath, or simply meditating. This time of stress relief will improve your sleep, which helps your heart.
Eat Right. 'Tis the season to pile on the calories, but keep your weight (and health) in check by only indulging in the treats that are truly worth it. Wait all year for your aunt's red velvet cake? By all means enjoy a slice, but skip the other treats that aren't as special. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and eat small meals and healthy snacks through out the day to keep your metabolism humming.
Make it Merry. Make your holiday "chores" like wrapping gifts and baking more of a treat than a chore by indulging in a mug of hot chocolate, putting on some Christmas music or a holiday movie.
Feeling tense? Test your stress level now! If you are interested in more structured help with diet and exercise, learn more about our HealThy Self Fitness and Weight Loss programs.
All of us at St. Francis wish you a healthy and happy holiday season!
Join the Holiday Celebration!
St. Francis Festival of Trees
Each year, the St. Francis Foundation celebrates the holiday season with the Greenville community and area visitors through the St. Francis Festival of Trees. Celebrated for over 20 years, this event offers holiday magic and surprises!
Festival of Trees
Enjoy the beauty of the season! Locally sponsored trees will be on display at Marriott Greenville, Courtyard Greenville Downtown, and Hampton Inn and Suites - Riverplace, as well as throughout downtown Greenville from December 1 - January 5.
December 11, 11am and 1pm, Poinsett Club
Families can enjoy the tastes of the season, prepared by Greenville's finest chefs!
For more information or to register for these events, visit the St. Francis Foundation website.
|Did you Know?
St. Francis was among only a handful of hospitals from across the country featured in a Consumer Reports health feature for having zero central line infections for inpatients, an important factor when assessing quality. Check it out here.