If you have mixed emotions about holidays, you're not alone. On the one hand, holidays provide you with the opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy special meals and events. On the other hand, holidays could cause you to stress over your diet, put pressure on your finances and strain your relationship with family members. If you're feeling a little anxious over upcoming holidays, the following tips can help you overcome holiday blues and put more cheer into your holiday season.
Don’t Go Overboard!
Doing less can help you enjoy your holidays more. Rather than try to please everyone, prioritize your schedule and participate in those activities you enjoy most.
Out with the Old, In with the New
If holiday traditions are stressing you out, do away with them and create new ones that make you happy and give you more quality time with those you love.
Spend Money Wisely
Between Black Friday and Hanukkah gift giving, holiday spending can easily crash your budget. Reduce financial pressure by limiting how much you spend on holiday gifts, meals and social events. Look for ways to make your holidays meaningful without putting pressure on your finances.
Holiday food may be “to die for,” but you don’t want to die prematurely by overindulging. Use some willpower to know when you’ve had enough. Balance your meals by eating healthy fruits and vegetables along with rich main dishes and desserts.
If holiday meals at home tend to be stressful, dine out. Gather the family at a favorite restaurant where there’s less chance of poor behavior or bickering getting out of hand.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid dehydration. Take water bottles with you when you go shopping and regularly stop for water breaks.
Drinking Alcohol in Moderation
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a cold beer, glass of wine or mixed drink during the season as long as you keep it in moderation. If you’re on medications, it’s best to stick with alcohol-free drinks and punches to celebrate special occasions.
Exercising half hour daily can do wonders to preserve your sanity during the holidays. If you like to walk, invite a friend or relative to come along. Have an indoor pool party, organize a Zumba class or take your grandkids sledding at the park.
Take “Me” Time
Set aside “me” time to balance your hectic holiday schedule. There’s nothing wrong with taking a breather to rest and recuperate. A relaxing bath, half hour massage or afternoon nap can rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit so you can carry on.
Go tech free during holiday meals and gatherings. Turning off gadgets opens the door to having interesting conversations, sharing funny stories and getting to know loved ones on a deeper level.
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