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A Guide to Surviving the Holidays

Posted Nov 25 2008 10:03am

It’s traditional this time of year for many health-related websites to give you some tips on how to survive the holiday season. As usual we at Healthy & Simple take a different approach.

Today we’ll give you the sensible suggestions, the things you should do. But tomorrow, we’ll give you the real survivors guide to the holiday season, the things you really want to do this time of year.

First the acceptable version;

·   If you are feeling stressed by being surrounded by family, friends, loved ones, not-so-loved ones and too much of everything else, take a time-out. Get out of the house, even if just for a few minutes. Go for a walk. Go for a run. Just get out and clear your head. It will give you a chance to get a clearer perspective on everything.
·   Make sure you get enough sleep. Often during the holidays we cut corners on sleep because we’re trying to do so many things, see so many people, cram so much in. But even just a few days of cutting back on sleep can leave you tired, cranky and irritable. Hardly the holiday mood you were hoping for. If you can’t get enough sleep at night, take a nap during the day. It will make a huge difference in your mood.

·   Make sure you don’t overdo everything.  Over the holidays we all eat a little too much, perhaps drink a little more than we should. Don’t beat yourself up over it. It’s human. It’s normal. Heck, it’s fun! You can indulge yourself a little, as long as you don’t go overboard.
·   Don’t set yourself up for failure. The holidays are meant to be a celebration of family and friends, but too often people try to create the “perfect holiday season”. Forget it. It’s impossible, and quite frankly it’s not even necessary.  You can have a lot of fun even when things don’t go according to plan. So, just focus on enjoying the time you have with the people you are with.
·   Limit the absolutes. When people start throwing around words like “should” and “must” replace them with “perhaps” and “maybe”. It creates a more relaxed atmosphere and doesn’t make people feel they are being forced to do something they don’t want to.
·   Remember, the holidays are temporary. January is not that far away.

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