1. Don’t Overindulge. You’ll be invited to potlucks hosted by work colleagues, parties in your community, and even get-togethers hosted by family members. Overeating is especially common during the holidays simply because we are constantly surrounded by food. While you should enjoy those special cookies and pies, don’t make yourself sick or gain weight that will cause discomfort later. Consider following these tips to help you keep your weight under control during the holidays:
- Calculate your calorie count ahead of time. For example, if you know you are going to a party tonight, then eat a lighter breakfast this morning. At lunchtime, save calories by eating half your regular portion size.
- Don’t forget to exercise. Try to squeeze in thirty minutes of cardio per day. Go for a brisk walk in the park or use your exercise bike at home. This will help you burn the extra calories you’ve eaten.
- Remember that any strenuous activity can benefit you. Working in a garden or doing lawn work can help you burn calories. Spending time outdoors in good weather may also relieve stress.
Speaking of diet, sometimes supplements can be a short-term solution to helping with this short-term added stress. We shared a list of supplements that can help you deal with stress and anxiety and there is also a popular multi-supplement solution for anxiety known as Elimidrol. These options are perfect for someone dealing with short-term stress triggered by a specific event, in this case the holidays.
2. Reach Out to Others. The holiday season can be especially stressful for those who feel lonely. If you’re spending the holiday season in a new place, or if you are away from family and friends, don’t spend it cooped up alone. Find some social events to attend. Ask your neighbors and those in your community for advice on where to go. You might also feel better if you get involved with a charity event or spend some time volunteering.
3. Don’t Overspend. One thing that adds extra stress during the holiday season is the dread of January’s credit card bill. Before you go gift shopping, decide how much you can afford to spend on gifts. Don’t exceed that budgeted amount. Yes, it feels good to give to others, but don’t stress yourself buying gifts you can’t afford.
If you have a large extended family, consider organizing a secret Santa gift exchange. That way, rather than buying fifteen gifts for various aunts, uncles, and cousins, you will buy only one.
4. Schedule Some Alone Time Each Day. Yes, most of us work and have families to take care of, but we must remember that we cannot do our jobs or care for our families if we are too upset or stressed out to do it. Working people do not always have hours of relaxation time after a long day at work, but you can schedule a few minutes to sit quietly and think. Spend just fifteen minutes alone in your room with no TV or any other distractions. Relaxing alone for fifteen minutes might work for some, others prefer a relaxing activity. You might try any of the following:
- Listen to quiet, soothing music.
- If you can afford to, get a professional massage.
- Read that book you’ve been meaning to read.
- Take a walk in the park, or even just a walk around your own neighborhood.
If you feel a little extra anxiety about the holiday season, you are not alone. These tips can help you to navigate this often busy and stressful time of year.