Christmas brings us more fun times but the busy schedule can also increase our stress levels. Too much stress in our lives makes it next too impossible to maintain a healthy weight. In the past, stress hormones played the role of protecting us during times of famine. Even though our modern day stresses are completely different, these hormones still tell your body to eat more and store it as fat. It’s important to take time for yourself and time to relax during the hectic holiday season. Take time to meditate and pray. Practice controlled relaxed breathing when stressed. These simple steps will go a long ways to reducing the unhealthy effects of stress on your body.