parties, traveling, kids out of school and lots of time with your in-laws-
sound fun? For some of us it can be a tad bit stressful. If you have ever
felt a silent eagerness for January to roll around a little more quickly
then you may benefit from some of these holiday de-stressors to get
yourself ready for another holiday season. As you have likely heard
before, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over
and expecting different results. So improve your sanity and enjoyment of
the holiday season this year with these ten stress-buster ideas.
Set your priorities before
the holidays. Trim unnecessary
tasks and make sure you do activities you enjoy.
It often helps to write down holiday goals (fitness, financial,
family), strategies to achieve those goals, and rewards for reaching your
goals. For example, a goal
could be to exercise 4 times per week during December. The strategy could
be to write it in your calendar as if it were a doctorís appointment.
You can then reward yourself by purchasing a new outfit, getting a
massage, or a night out without the kids.
Only go to holiday parties
that you really want to attend. We
often go to every party for which we receive an invitation. Donít try to
spread yourself too thin since it can be exhausting.
Know that it is okay to make
a break with tradition. Decide
what you really enjoy and consider making small changes that would make
your holiday season more enjoyable.
Try Internet shopping to
avoid the hassle of the holiday crowds and traffic.
Since you can shop online 24 hours a day shop when it works best
for you and you can often find better deals online.
Watch your diet. The key to
holiday nutrition is not overeating. Watch
your portion sizes! If you are
trying lots of new foods because they look so delicious remember my motto
ďonly eat it if you love itĒ. Many
times we take a bite of a food and can be disappointed by the flavor but
continue to eat it. Donít
waste your calories if you donít love it!
Get moving! Neglecting your
workout can be common when schedules get out of control but exercising is
even more important during the holidays because it not only helps by
reducing stress but it can also prevent holiday weight gain.
If you are traveling to spend time with family and friends check
out a local gym since many offer one day or week rates.
It will make you feel more energized and get you away from the
television and the holiday grazing.
Get plenty of sleep because
people are much more productive if well rested.
Spend only what you can
afford on holiday gifts. Set
up a budget and stick to it! Be
If you are alone for the
holidays keep busy. Consider
volunteering at a community event.
If you have holiday guests
make sure you spend some time away from them.
Trying to entertain others can be extremely stressful so make sure
you make time for yourself. This
will help decrease stress and tension.
Implement a few or all of the
above tips and see how a little pre-planning can keep your stress in
check. Cheers to a Happy and Healthy