With the shopping and planning and decorating and parties and menus, getting ready for the holidays can seem like an overwhelming amount of work. Add the stress of trying to create the picture perfect holiday and pleasing everyone and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
This holiday season, take the time to relax and enjoy yourself without the physical and emotion tolls of stress and depression. Stay healthy and happy and make the most of this special time of year with a few these simple changes:
- First, be realistic about what you can do. It’s impossible to attend every party and create the perfect holiday setting at home, so just learn to accept it and do only those things that you enjoy and can handle. When you concentrate on fewer tasks and projects, you’ll do everything better.
- Set your budget and stick to it. Don’t let the worry of overspending ruin your holiday. Figure out how much you can afford to spend and don’t exceed that amount. Be creative in your gift giving. The best presents are not necessarily the most expensive ones.
- Stay healthy by getting a flu shot, washing hands frequently, and keeping your home free of hazards. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and have fresh batteries. Use extra caution when walking and driving in ice or snow.
- Eat healthy by maintaining your normal diet as much as possible. When at parties, fill up on vegetables, salads and other healthy foods and use dips and gravies sparingly. Save your calories for favorite family treats or homemade goodies instead of processed or store-bought food. Go easy on alcohol, choosing wine, light or low carb beer, or cocktails made with water or other no-calorie mixers. Have a light snack, like nuts and some fruit or veggies, before parties to avoid overeating. Never hover over the buffet or food table which can lead to mindless eating.
- Get your exercise. It helps to counteract all the extra calories, relieve your stress and keep you healthy. Take an extra trip around the mall or park a block away from your destination to add some exercise to your holiday errands. Make the time to go to the gym or whatever your exercise routine. And you can count all the extra housework and yard work as exercise too.
- Most importantly, take some time for yourself. Whether you sleep in one day, lose yourself in a book for an afternoon, or go for a massage, you deserve to make yourself happy. Keep in mind that you need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. So pamper yourself a little, it’s a gift that benefits everyone.