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holiday health: simplifying for stress free holidays

Posted Dec 16 2010 9:00am

This post is part of the  Healthbuzz December series, Holiday Health, by  Foodbuzz

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Shopping for presents, hosting the perfect party, shoveling ridiculous amounts of snow, trying to maintain some sort of budget and fitting into your skinny jeans can all add up to a very stressful month. Over the years, as our celebrations started focusing more on the material aspects of the holidays instead of the actual meanings behind them, we coincidentally added more stress to them as well. Here are my tips for simplifying during this hectic time:

  • Eat the same! Obviously you’ll be indulging in extra eggnog and cookies, but keep the rest of your meals as usual as possible – don’t forget the veggies ! They are often lacking this time of year!
  • Start a new simple family tradition like listening to holiday music while decorating or snowshoeing together!
  • Help out those in need.
  • Stay active! Walking the mall and shoveling snow all count towards movement!
  • Set a spending limit or draw names for family presents – this can ease the stress of shopping and over-spending!
  • Take some time for yourself! Whether it be getting a massage, going to yoga or taking a nap, be sure that you are giving yourself the time you need to feel your best.
  • Give away the cookies that you bake. I really enjoy baking (well I’m starting to) but the Taster doesn’t help me eat them and I certainly don’t need to eat an entire batch of cookies myself! Plus, it always feels good to give to others.
  • Stay healthy: drink water, wash hands, take vitamins, etc. – immune systems are often down and with increased stress, traveling and bad weather. (Take my advice, I’m just getting over a cold and it is no fun!)
  • Don’t schedule appointments for December. I know it might sound a little crazy, but if you have to get appointments in by the end of the year, don’t wait until December. It is just one more thing to do.
  • Simplify.

How do you keep stress at bay throughout the Holiday Season?

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