As hard as it is to believe, the year is nearly over and the holidays are upon us once again. This year carries a much bigger milestone than most – it’s the end of a decade! In the spirit of staying as happy, healthy and productive as we can, it’s time to set up for success and look at a few ways to stay ahead of holiday stress so that our New Year’s resolutions don’t have to un-do two months’ worth of overindulgence.
Hopefully, you’ve gotten through the year with some great tasks completed and healthy habits put into practice both at work and home. There’s always room for improvement (after all, that’s what those resolutions are for) but preparing for the holiday blitz means not losing sight of your goals and progress made all year. Let’s take a closer look at ways to manage holiday stress.
Staying Productive and Stress-Free During the Holidays
Maintain Healthy Habits
Make a pact with yourself to keep going with any healthy habits that you’ve stuck with recently. It’s easy to let loose during the holidays, but that just means you may have to regain some ground in order to get back on track. Whether it’s your nutrition, exercise, work habits, spending – or any other category – set a firm guideline for yourself and follow it.
Beware of Party Pitfalls
One of the best aspects of the holiday season is all the celebration. That usually brings with it lots of special food, drink and dessert traditions that are too tempting not to pass up. Enjoy them in moderation and fill up on a healthy snack before heading out – you’ll still get the full appreciation of holiday food without adding future stress to your plate.
Extra events and activities are a staple during the holiday season, and can really wreak havoc on your schedule. Workouts, walks, and any other part of your self-care routine can easily fall to the wayside in order to make room for the hustle and bustle. Problem is, that physical activity is such a source of stress relief that you don’t want to let it slide. Do yourself a favor and keep up a bit of exercise (double points if it’s outdoors) to boost your endorphins.
Give Yourself a Break
Give yourself the gift of peace. If you need some downtime to recharge your batteries, take it. The holidays only come around once a year, and you want to be able to enjoy them without crumbling under pressure. You do not have to do it all.
Make a Plan for the New Year
Savor the season and reflect on the year. Imagine yourself and how you’d like to feel next December – and build your plans from that perspective. Although the year and the decade are coming to a close, look ahead with gratitude and commit to achieving those goals.
The holiday season is a favorite time of year for so many reasons – but it can be challenging thanks to the additional spending, eating, entertaining and socializing. Staying ahead of any potential stress is well worth the effort, and can reduce the amount of overwhelm that happens during the holidays. Now is a great time to commit to staying on track, no matter what the season.
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