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Yoga, Tequila and Huey Lewis — Jewelers Share Their Most Unusual Holiday Coping Strategies

Everybody has to find a way to release the pressure somehow.

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This story was originally published on INSTOREMAG.COM in November 2016.

1. I dance wildly to the radio in my back office. — Kate Pearce, Pearce Jewelry, West Lebanon, NH

2. I spray orange-scented essential oil around my store to heighten the good vibes. — Janne Etz, Contemporary Concepts, Cocoa, FL

3. Play as much Huey Lewis and the News on the store stereo system as possible. — Matthew and Emily Clark, Spath Jewelers, Bartow, FL

4. I’ve made a fair amount of jewelry while drinking tequila. — Daniel Spirer, Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers, Cambridge, MA

5. I dress up as Santa Kas. I have a lady Santa outfit. It’s pretty; not a Mrs. Claus outfit. — Kas Jacquot, Kas A Designs, Jefferson City, MO

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6. Inhale rosemary essential oil for focus. — Julie Terwilliger, Wexford Jewelers, Cadillac, MI

7. I wear a bow tie every Christmas Eve while working the sales floor. I never wear bow ties, so it throws people off. — Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX

8. I go out the back door and talk to myself, if just for a few minutes. Sometimes even the boss needs a pep talk or a scolding! — Rosanne Kroen, Rosanne’s Diamonds and Gold, South Bend, IN

9. I always have an adjustable set of dumbbell weights in my office. During times of stress or just to get my mind right, I will rep out a few sets. It tends to be a major stress reliever for me. It’s similar to positive reinforcement. — Howard Jacobs, Toodies Fine Jewelry, Quincy, MA

10. Every morning, I watch Golden Girls as I get ready for work. I get some of my best one-liners from Bea Arthur. — Mary Jo Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT

11. Downward dog yoga poses in the middle of the floor. — Meg Rankin, J. Rankin Jewelers, Edmonds, WA

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12. Each morning, I start the day with a self-made juice consisting of carrots, beets, ginger, celery, apples, lemon, green peppers, bananas (bitter melon in season) and spinach. — Kent Bagnall, Kent Jewelry, Rolla, MO

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