‘Tis the Season for Peace, Joy and YOU!
Family get-togethers. Holiday parties. Gift exchanging. For many, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It can also be an incredibly stressful time with additional expenses, over scheduling and overindulgence in good cheer and tasty food. So, how do you make the most of the season without overdoing it?
Feel Good About Giving
First, create a budget and stick to it. Remember, it’s the thought that counts. Feel good about giving what you can. No one will be comfortable accepting a gift on which they know you overspent.
Schedule Down Time
Next, take out your calendar and schedule shopping, holiday prep and down time for each week. When you have a plan, you won’t have to spend your time or energy worrying about when you’ll get it all done. You will have the freedom to enjoy your events. Building in downtime for yourself is more important than you might realize. When you are happy and relaxed, you’ll make better decisions and have more energy to get things done.
Watch Your Eating Habits
In addition, be mindful of what you are eating and drinking. Amidst the hustle and bustle, many of us eat on the go, or skip meals and show up at parties hungry. If you keep apples, nuts and seeds in your car on the cooler days, you can have a little something to eat before you arrive, you can spend your time nibbling instead of gorging and still feel on track in the morning.
Most importantly, stick to your fitness routine. If you don’t have one, start one. Walking even 30 minutes per day can help you shed those few extra pounds, and help you reflect on what the season is really about. Here’s to a peaceful and joyful holiday season!
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