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Fox Family Edge: Taking a Break During the Holiday Rush

With crazy work schedules, 24 -hour Christmas sales, and electronic gadgets beeping all day long, we never stop. Experts say, that's not good for our health.
The idea of having a day of rest has biblical roots. Even God took time off on the seventh day. Today, the world is a different place. We are a 24-7 planet, with long work weeks, and to do lists that never end, and at some point, health experts say, we need to slow down. "Everone needs a stop day. For some that may involved going to church or synagogue. For some that may mean doing the ny times crossword puzzle," said Dr. Matthew Sleeth, author of the book "24/6," a prescription for a healthier, happier life. "We are pouring out catecholamines, which are those kind of flight or fright hormones that are stress hormones."

Those take a toll on our bodies. They give us higher blood pressure, they increase anxiety and depression. So how can we stop? Dr. Sleeth says cut out som eof the time wasting habits. Get your nose out of your computer, prioritize what's important to you and take that day off. Even eating your food slowly helps you enjoy life in a more healthy way. And cut out the multi-tasking, at least at home.


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