Manage Holiday Stress

13_HolidayStress121312The holidays can bring on a great deal of stress, resulting in restlessness, lack of motivation, poor concentration, irritability and feelings of being overwhelmed.

This kind of stress is common, but can be managed with perspective and practice.

Counselor Kristina Dupre, from Denver Business Journal, has implemented these simple grounding techniques to help change thought patterns to help maintain focus and balance.

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1. Maintain realistic expectations

This time of year is filled with expectations of the imagined holiday experience. First, it is wise to check with loved ones as to what they expect from you. For example, they may love the opportunity to skip the carol singing or the church play this year. You will never know unless you ask.

2. Be honest and communicate

Negotiate what you need, clearly and simply. If it would be helpful to shop online during the lunch hour, ask your supervisor if that is allowed. If you need to leave early a couple of days, ask in advance. Nothing increases stress like needing to be at a school party at 2:00, with a department meeting scheduled at the same time. As soon as you know your schedule, communicate it with you team. This may lead to a more cooperative atmosphere.

3. Don’t take it personally

Stress can arise when we ruminate about the “unfairness” of working when others are absent. If you feel any negative emotion because you’ve perhaps chosen to work on a day that coworkers have opted to take off, then you are taking the situation personally. Keep perspective. The workload is temporary. You can make a different plan next year. Come January, you’ll be grateful to have your team of employees working in unison again.

4. Work like a hound dog

Have you ever seen hound dogs on a hunt? They are all business, noses down and tails up. They have no time for water cooler chit chat or a social lunch break. The hound dog has a wonderful quality of compartmentalizing work and play. If you can hone the skills of maintaining a high level of focus and concentration during the work hours, it may help you accomplish more with the negotiated schedule you and your supervisor agreed upon.

If distracting thoughts arise, roll your head around and take a few long, deep breaths. Think “fill up, hold it, let it go” as you take slow deep breaths. This will help you refocus on the task at hand.

5. Maintain a drink limit

Excessive alcohol consumption may increase during the weeks leading up to the holidays with the occasional party on a “school night.” Set your limit and stick to it. Excess alcohol consumption can potentially impact concentration level, energy level, physical wellbeing and frustration tolerance.

6. Be true to yourself

Spend some time thinking about the holiday you would most enjoy. Does it include a simple schedule or do you like the nonstop hustle and bustle? Do you even like fruitcake? Are you tired of cooking the extravagant meal or do you truly enjoy the process?

Whatever your idea is for the holidays, do that!

Your experience is up to you and holiday time may be a great avenue to practice setting personal boundaries by declining some invitations. You can say ‘no’ and people will still value you.

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Survive Holiday Travel

Most of us will be spending the holidays in the comfort of our own home. However, an estimated 46.3 million Americans will be traveling this weekend, most likely due to the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2007.

So how do we anticipate the busiest Thanksgiving travel season in 5 years? Travel Channel’s Kathleen Rellihan has provided us with Top 10 survival tips for the holiday season.holiday_travel_01

Here we go.

1.) Do your research.

Plan alternative trips if traffic makes your way home too overwhelming. Is there a scenic drive that might be longer but have less traffic? Break up a long drive by finding a few places to stop that will get the kids more excited than a truck rest stop. When flying, make sure you check the airline’s restrictions ahead of time on carry-on luggage and fees for checked bags.

2.) Stay connected.

Stock up on the latest travel apps before you leave home. Flight Status gives you real-time updates on delays, baggage numbers and more, and GateGuru gives you approximate times you’ll spend in security. Heading out on the road? Find the cheapest gas and cleanest bathrooms on the road with GasBuddy and SitOrSquat.

3.) Pack light.

Avoid checking bags altogether if you can. You won’t have to wait for your luggage on the conveyor belt, and you won’t have to worry about your mom’s Christmas present getting lost in Logan Airport. If you do check luggage, make sure you have all your medications and important documents and a change of clothes in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost. Here’s a family packing list for more tips.

4.) Pack earplugs.

Short of doing yoga in the airport, the best way to mentally escape your stressful surroundings is to turn the volume down. And the easiest way to do that is with earplugs. Crying baby next seat over on the plane? Earplugs. Sister’s music in the car driving you mad? Earplugs. And if you really want to check out for a bit? Bring an eye mask (as long as you aren’t driving).

5.) Don’t get hangry.

When your tummy growls, your mind can’t think straight, and you could unknowingly get in the wrong line, take the wrong turn, or worse, upset an innocent flight attendant. Pack snacks and drinks, so you and your family will be fueled up for a road trip. If you’re flying, definitely get some grub before you board the plane, so you won’t have to rely on airline food if you’re sitting on the tarmac for hours.

6.) Ship gifts or give gift cards.

TSA suggests to ship wrapped gifts or wait until you reach your destination to wrap them, as they might have to unwrap a present to inspect it. Ship gifts ahead of time or bring the gift that can’t go wrong: gift cards to their favorite store or an Amazon card.

7.) Travel on off-peak days.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the biggest travel day of the year and can also cause you the biggest meltdown of the year. A better option is to leave early on Thanksgiving Day and avoid the record traffic the night before. Same goes with flying: if you fly on the actual holiday itself you’ll be avoiding the long lines and hoards of travelers.

8.) Travel early or late in the day.

Flight statistics show that planes traveling earlier in the day have a better on-time performance. And if your flight is cancelled, you will have the option of taking a flight later in the day. Also, there will be fewer lines at security. Best time to hit the road? When every one else is asleep — early morning or late at night. You can always take a nap when you arrive at your destination or on the ride there (if you aren’t the driver, of course).

9.) Plan for the unexpected.

Have only a half hour before connecting to another flight? Traveling to Rochester, NY, during snow season? Think ahead and plan accordingly. Leave extra time before flights to deal with security, extra time between connections and, for road trips, pack tire chains for snowy conditions, flashlights, and of course, a few band-aids never hurt either.

10.) Inhale. Exhale.

The overly friendly person next to you on the plane, the cancelled flights, the luggage that fell off in the middle of the highway? All of it will make for great stories over dinner when you finally make it to your destination. After all, holiday travel stress is just as much of a tradition as pumpkin pie and regifting.

Above all, remember to have a safe and fun travel this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend!

Coleman Spas: The Heritage Collection

The trust in the Coleman® brand name derives from the outdoor recreation products that Coleman® has supplied to its customers for years. Ranging from camping supplies to patio equipment to the kerosene lantern that started it all, the Coleman® brand is a company we have all came to know and love.

Now Coleman® has tackled a new venture of outdoor recreation: spas!

Coleman® Spas offers luxurious spa lines that are meant to appeal to a wide spectrum of consumers.

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The Coleman® Spas Heritage Collection is consistent with what consumers have grown to trust and rely on over the years; durability and pride. This stylish cutting edge spa line is rich and offers the exclusive eco-friendly Dually Pump System which cuts energy cost in half while doubling your power. The Heritage Collection has the ideal spa to enhance the beauty and ambiance of any outdoor living space.

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The Heritage Collection can accommodate up to six people, making it one of Coleman® Spas larger spa collections. The ability to accommodate six people makes The Heritage Collection a better option for entertaining and families looking to enhance their recreational backyard lifestyle while gaining the health benefits that a spa can provide.

To ensure the maximum hydrotherapy experience, Coleman® Spas seats are perfectly contoured to hug your body’s natural curves for pure comfort. Create your own relaxing escape with a Coleman® Spa today and experience hydrotherapy at its best!

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The Heritage Collection features the exclusive eco-friendly Dually Pump System.  One dually-pump is powerful enough to replace a two-pump system and uses less electricity to operate, this means less money!

If you’ve been considering owning a spa, The Coleman® Spas Heritage Collection is a great choice that you, your family and friends will benefit from!

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Coleman Spas: Soaking for Your Health

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Hot water healing is nothing new. As early as 2,000 B.C., Egyptians used hot baths to ease pain and invoke relaxation by placing sizzling rocks into water. In Ancient Greece, elaborate structures were built around natural hot springs as early-day hospitals and meeting places; there, the father of medicine himself—Hippocrates—prescribed these soothing soaks as treatment for conditions ranging from jaundice to rheumatism. In fact, the word spa comes from the Latin term sanus per aquam–meaning health through water–coined because battle-weary Roman soldiers routinely used hot wells to recover from their physical and emotional wounds.

Today, medical research confirms the traditional belief that putting yourself in hot water, literally, may keep your health out of it, metaphorically.
Although studies are few and far between, most show definite health benefits from regular soaks in hot water, usually in temperatures between 100 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Whether relieving minor aches or managing life-threatening conditions, physicians and other scientists are increasingly recommending hot tub therapy as a safe and effective way to protect and improve your health.

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In addition to helping you live better, water treatment may help you live longer. Research by Joel M. Stager, Ph.D., a professor of kinesiology at the University of Indiana who has studied the therapeutic effects of water for 30 years, suggests that regular swimming can slow aging as much as 20 percent in some people by maintaining or improving respiration, muscle mass and cardiovascular function. While Stager, who is also editor of The Journal of Swimming Research and a former national swimming champion, has focused much of his study on competitive swimmers, he believes that some benefits trickle down in activities, such as a regular afternoon dip in the pool or frequent hot tub soaks.

Just sitting in hot water up to your neck aids cardiovascular health, adds Bruce E. Becker, M.D., clinical professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington.

“The ultimate purpose of the heart as an organ is to pump blood in response to a physiological demand so its best measure of performance is volume of blood pumped per unit of time,” says Dr. Becker. “Immediately after a person is immersed, water begins to exert pressure on the body. Cardiac volume increases by nearly one-third with immersion to the neck.” Simply put, this means your heart gets a cardiovascular workout just from sitting in a hot tub; this does not occur being sedentary when dry.

And because water provides more resistance than air—making movement more challenging—even the most basic water workout can strengthen the heart and muscles better than a similar routine on land. Exercising in water also helps prevent overheating and does not impact joints.

You should consult a doctor before undergoing any new therapy, but here are some ways that hot tubs can help your health:
Better sleep. If you want zzzs to please, a habit currently out of reach for some 70 million Americans, heed this advice from the National Sleep Foundation: “Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine, such as soaking in a hot bath or hot tub.” Reason: hot water prompts relaxation and the increase in body temperature helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

Arthritis relief. ”The soothing warmth and buoyancy of warm water makes it a safe, ideal environment for relieving arthritis pain and stiffness,” notes the Arthritis Foundation.

“Immersing in warm water raises your body temperature, causing your blood vessels to dilate and increasing circulation.” This results in less swelling and pain, and increases mobility—a clear benefit for the one in five Americans with arthritis. In fact, soaking in a hot tub may provide gain without pain. A study by Australian researchers, published by the Arthritis Foundation in June 2007, reports “significant improvements in pain and function” in patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis—the most common types—who underwent one-hour, twice-weekly hot tub treatments for 12 weeks. Interestingly, the researchers say that the improvements from hot tubbing were similar to those seen in other older OA patients they tracked who practiced a similarly timed regimen of tai chi, the ancient Chinese martial art often recommended to improve flexibility and movement.

Pain control. There is good reason why hot tubs are routinely used by physical therapists and pain management experts for everything from minor aches to recovery from serious injury: hot water stimulates the release of endorphins, naturally occurring chemicals in the brain that kill pain and improve mood. A soak after a day of skiing or other exercise also has medical credence: the improved blood flow resulting from hot water immersion means that oxygen and nutrients can more quickly and effectively remove pain-causing lactic acid that accumulates in muscles during intense workouts. In addition, the massaging effect of jetted water soothes and reinvigorates overused and weary muscles—without the expense of a masseuse or therapist.

Lower blood pressure. In one noted study, Mayo Clinic researcher Thomas G. Allison, M.P.H, Ph.D., did a head-to-head benefits comparison of hot tubbing and bicycling in patients at risk for heart disease. His finding: soaking in warm water helped lower blood pressure, whereas bicycling raised it-sometimes to dangerous levels (during exercise). Yet, his study shows that hot water- soaking raised the heart rate—the purpose of aerobic exercise—to similar levels as a bicycling workout. This suggests that a spa soak might provide a noticeable heart-smart cardiovascular workout without the effort, traffic and sweat.

Diabetes improvement and weight loss. Another small, but intriguing study, published several years ago in The New England Journal of Medicine, suggests another way that hot tub soaks simulate the beneficial effects of exercise. After tracking patients with Type 2 diabetes, researcher Phillip L. Hooper, M.D., of McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, found that participants who soaked in a spa for 30 minutes a day, six days a week, lost nearly four pounds after three weeks-without making anychanges to their diet, exercise habits or other lifestyle factors. What’s more, following tub treatments, patients experienced reduced blood sugar levels; their blood glucose levels dropped, on average, from 182 mg/dl to 159 mg/dl and their A1c levels dipped from 11.3 to 10.3. The patients also reported improved sleep and an increased general sense of well-being. Once again, the improved blood flow from hot water soaks gets the credit, theorizes Dr. Hooper.

Although hot tubs aren’t about to replace chemotherapy, radiation or surgery, they are increasingly being used as a complementary therapy for some cancer patients—if only to ease the emotional burden of their disease.
Hot tubs are one method of hydrotherapy–the practice of using water, ice or steam to treat disease and enhance health. Other popular forms include icing athletic injuries or using saunas to cleanse the body and skin.

“Hydrotherapy can provide relaxation and symptom relief from a variety of ailments,” notes the American Cancer Society. “The ability to promote relaxation in its many forms is well established.”

This is especially important for cancer patients, since the National Cancer Institute says that nearly half of all cancer patients report having some anxiety, and 23 percent have high levels. Significance: some researchers speculate that hormones, such as cortisol released during periods of stress, may activate cancer cells causing them to grow and multiply. Already, medical studies show that these stress hormones play a direct role in the development of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other conditions.

The bottom line: a nice, hot soak is relaxing, soothing, and the perfect way to unwind and better manage stress…if not also to improve your physical health.

Coleman® Spa Consumer Testimonial!

The CO R730L is fantastic. I love the one piece design. It is well insulated sturdy and fairly easy to maneuver around when empty. It comes with a nice cover that is sloped so the rain will run off and is seals well. the stainless jets put out good pressure even at 110V although it can not heat and run the jets on high at the same time. this hasn’t been an issue for us so far. It took 24 hours to heat the tub to 103 the first time. Be sure to fill the tub by putting your hose down the hole where the filter it screwed on… it helps to avoid air in the lines. We had a problem with the pump wire loose on the circuit panel and it wouldn’t run on high at first so check that your wire connections are tight if you have any problems. Overall this is a great tub with nice deep comfortable seats!
Shelly Ann, Denver, CO

Coleman Spas can be Enjoyed in Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall

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Coleman Spas® Metro™ Surrounds

Instantly add an elegant touch to any hot tub with the Metro Surround. The Metro Surround features a knock down design, and is easily assembled. This breathtaking spa surround combines a sleek metal base with a top to matchany hot tub with cabinets. The Metro Surround conveniently features independent, movable components, which can be used to create hundreds of different hot tub decor options. A bar and barstools are included in the Metro Surround package, making your hot tub the ultimate entertainment destination for family and friends. Create the backyard spa retreat of your dreams with the Metro Surround today!
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Coleman Spas Offers Spas in All Shapes, Sizes and Styles

Have you seen some of the latest hot tubs from the Coleman Spas product line? Take a look at a few of our best sellers.

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The perfect spa for patios or decks!

The intimate Coleman Spas CO628T triangle spa is ideal for couples and empty nesters seeking a relaxing way to spend quality time together. With 28 relaxing massage therapy jets, the CO628T will instantly turn any ordinary backyard into a relaxing spa retreat. The CO628T has been designed to fit perfectly in the corner of your patio and can be customized to fit your unique backyard landscape. Transform your backyard into the relaxing spa getaway you deserve with the CO628T today!

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Relaxing Hot Tub Ritual

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One of my favorite after work rituals is soaking in a hot tub, a habit that lends relaxation and therapeutic benefits to the body year-round. 

The act of soaking in a hot tub stimulates blood circulation and calms the nervous system. It can also help relieve common aches and pains associated with arthritis, menstrual cramps, inflammation, hemorrhoids, muscle pains and spasms. 

If you have a difficult time sleeping, try relaxing in a hot tub right before bedtime it will help relax your mind and body.

In our fast-paced world, it is sometimes easy to forget to take care of ourselves, and simply spending time in a hot tub can remind us to relax and be mindful each day. Take advantage of this little therapeutic sanctuary in your home. Don’t forget to light some candles to help create a calm environment.