Surviving Holiday Stress
‘Tis the season for friends, family and, more often than not, rising stress levels. Stay calm and keep your holiday stress in check with these Healthy Ideas:
- Make a plan and stick to it. From last-minute holiday shopping to busy family gatherings, it can be easy to overbook and overspend. Budget your time and money as much as possible to avoid slip-ups.
- Find time for you. Take a long walk, hit the gym or at least set aside a few minutes of “you” time every day. It’s worth it, even if that means rearranging your schedule or declining other commitments.
- Don’t abandon your diet. It’s easy to indulge in typical holiday foods – cookies, cakes, pies and other high-fat, high sugar treats – but poor nutrition can lead to low energy levels. Practice portion control and surround yourself with healthy snacks to combat temptation.
This holiday, make it your goal to stress less. With some preparation and careful consideration of what stresses you out, you can create new traditions that keep your stress levels low and put the cheer back in your holiday celebrations.