Keeping Your Sanity During the Holiday Season


Keeping Your Sanity During the Holiday Season

The shopping, baking, wrapping, planning, entertaining, holiday card mailing, and additional activities from a long list of holiday to dos can make anyone’s head spin. What should be the most wonderful time of the year can end up being the most stressful. But it doesn’t have to be.

The holidays are a time to give, reflect on another year passing, enjoy family and loved ones, and of course, indulge a little in all the wonderful treats we are surrounded by. Before you know it, this time of year will be over, so here are a few tips for enjoying it while it lasts:

Focus on the Bigger Picture
When you feel overwhelmed by everything you have to do, try to step back and determine if these things really need to be done. If they do, enlist some help or tackle a little bit each day. Need to mail out 50 holiday cards? Seems a little more doable if you do 10 at a time over five days. And no one will care if you buy baked goods vs. making them. Pick and choose what’s really important so you can have more time to enjoy it.

Start a New Tradition
Have your family select a new tradition they’d like to embark on this year. Ordering pizza while decorating the tree, reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, or making gingerbread houses are all possible ideas. Whatever your family enjoys doing can become a holiday tradition that everyone looks forward to for years to come.

Take Care of Yourself
Stress can weaken the immune system, so it’s important to keep yourself healthy during this busy time. It all starts with a good night’s sleep, which creates a solid foundation for health. Wash hands frequently, exercise, and eat healthfully. Also, check out our previous post on tips for staying healthy while traveling.

Indulge (In Moderation!)
Yes, it was just mentioned to eat healthfully, but it’s OK to indulge a little, especially when surrounded by holiday treats, cookies, and big meals. Don’t eat 20 cookies at once, but 2-3 will satisfy that sweet tooth. Denying yourself any treats at all is a recipe for disaster and will set you up for overindulge, which is never a good thing.

Watch Holiday Movies
On any given night in December, there is a holiday movie playing on TV. Whether your tastes are more for the classics or you prefer modern-day flicks, it’s likely you will be able to find your favorites. Watching them, as stated above, can be a holiday tradition, plus, they will inevitably put you in a festive mood.

The holiday period, as busy as they can be, is also very short-lived. Once the decorations have been put away and a new year has begun, you may have wished you could have slowed down a bit. It’s not too late to take a moment and soak in the magic of this holiday season.

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