5 Tips for a Stress-free Holiday Season
It’s supposed to be the happ-happiest time of the year. But if all
the shopping, spending, eating and doing tends to bring out your inner
Scrooge, you’ve probably “leaned in” a little too far.
Here are some tips to get you back on track.
Remember the reason for the season
The holidays are about spending time with loved ones, so focus less on
giving gifts and more on creating special memories.
Be kind to yourself
Set realistic expectations about your time, finances, and how many extra
activities you can juggle. No one expects you, your home, the gifts you
give or your Christmas cards to be perfect, so go easy on yourself. And
if you don’t get to one or more of the above, it’s okay!
Smile… like right now, turn the corners of your mouth up. You feel
better, don’t you? Every time you flash those pearly whites, feel-good
chemicals – endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin – are released,
relaxing your body and lowering your blood pressure. Never underestimate
the power of a good smile and hearty laugh to turn your mood around.
Eat right & exercise
Eating right and exercising are easy to put off during the busiest time
of the year. But that’s the exact opposite of what you should do.
When you’re making your list, leave 30 minutes for exercise every
day. Whether it’s a jog, Yoga class or playing hide and seek with
your kids, prioritize getting your heart rate up once a day. And if you
if know you’re going to a party one night, eat healthy all day and
even a small healthy meal beforehand so you don’t show up with a
Put your phone away
Forget about the capturing the perfect selfie when you’re at a party.
Instead, focus on the people around you and the memories you’re making.