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Alvin Community College
News Release
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Calm Holiday

Shopping for gifts, keeping the kids through their holiday break, staying with family, traveling and other aspects of the holidays causes more stress on a person than they think.

That stress creates short breathing and people are easily dehydrated because they’re not drinking enough fluids, said Georgie Holbrook, emotional wellness coach. The conditions of stress only make it worse on a person’s body, she said.

“Then they come out in a physical form,” Holbrook said of symptoms like high blood pressure, sore muscles and headaches.

Holbrook will teach a seminar called “Creating Inner Peace for the Holidays” at Alvin Community College on Dec. 3, just in time for the holiday season.

“That’s to help through the stresses of the holiday, things to deal with that crazy physiology caused by stress” said Stacy Ebert, ACC Director of Alternative Health.

The seminar is one of several that’s part of a program called “Natural Solutions for Health and Happiness” that is offered to the public at ACC starting with the Inner Peace class on Dec. 3. The last seminar ends in February.

Holidays are particularly stressful due to a perfect storm of activities. Shopping is more strenuous because people have to find gifts for loved ones in crowded stores and deal with the financial costs too. An added stressor with gifts can be competition among loved ones to get the better item, she said.

Parents also want to find the perfect gifts for their children, Holbrook said.

“A lot of people feel pressure to buy gifts when they don’t feel they can afford it,” Holbrook said. “So they charge it on credit cards.”

Some of the things Holbrook will discuss about dealing with the stress include meditation and breathing relaxation.

“We will do various exercises to “experience” how to calm the mind and body,” she said.

Holbrook will also help teach people to know when they are too stressed, because often they don’t know, she said.

“Stress becomes familiar,” she said. “We’re not aware that we’re wound up.”

The most important thing Holbrook said she wants the participants to learn is to admit to themselves what causes them to be stressed whether it’s spending too much time around extended family or dealing with finances.  Learning how to stay calm in one’s body and mind can be the greatest holiday gift one can give themselves.

“A lot of this we keep a secret,” she said. “We have to be honest about what those stressors are.”

There will be a seminar from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on December 3 and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on December 10.

For details about the seminar or the program, call (281) 218-8773 or visit under Special Interest.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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