5 TIMELY TIPS FOR A STRESS-FREE HOLIDAY SEASON
It’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year. But if all the shopping, spending, eating, and doing tends to bring out your inner Scrooge, you’ve probably “leaned in” a little too far. Here are some tips to get you back on track.
1. Remember the reason for the season.
The holidays are about spending time with loved ones, so focus less on giving gifts and more on creating special memories.
2. Be kind to yourself.
Set realistic expectations about your time, finances, and how many extra activities you can juggle. No one expects you, your home, the gifts you give, or your Christmas cards to be perfect, so go easy on yourself. And if you don’t get to one or more of the above, it’s okay!
3. Say cheese.
Smile… like right now, turn the corners of your mouth up. You feel better, don’t you? Every time you flash those pearly whites, feel-good chemicals – endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin – are released, relaxing your body and lowering your blood pressure. Never underestimate the power of a good smile and hearty laugh to turn your mood around.
4. Eat right & exercise.
Eating right and exercising is easy to put off during the busiest time of the year. But that’s the exact opposite of what you should do. When making your list, leave 30 minutes for exercise daily. Whether it’s a jog, Yoga class, or playing hide and seek with your kids, prioritize getting your heart rate up once a day. And if you know you’re going to a party one night, eat healthy all day and even a small healthy meal beforehand so you don’t show up with a big appetite.
5. Put your phone away.
Forget about capturing the perfect selfie when you’re at a party. Instead, focus on the people around you and the memories you’re making.