Managing Holiday Stress

The holidays are the best time of the year! There is nothing more heartwarming then spending time with family and friends over a meal, church, or party. However, it can also be the most stressful time of the year. With trying to keep up with gift buying, parties, celebrations, food making, etc, etc….anxiety and stress levels can raise through the roof. My most important number one tip is: 

Plan, Plan, Plan. Make a map for yourself of celebrations to attend, lists of gifts, and once you can visually see the “Holiday Plan”, you can relax…It’s all on paper, you won’t forget anything.

Take advantage of cozy PJ’S and house shoes that are on sale this time of year. Take a warm bath with Epsom salts and slip into some fleece pajamas. Bonus Tip: Toss your pj’s in the dryer for 15 Minutes to make them extra warm and cozy when you put them on.

Appreciate the beauty around you. Really, there are beautiful things everyday, but only once a year are there sparkling lights to brighten up your way to work, or life size candy canes to drool over. Take a walk down the brightest neighborhood and pick your favorite lit up house. Don’t forget to decorate your own tree!

Now is the time to watch all of those sappy Christmas movies. Put your lists and “Holiday maps” away and relax with a holiday film. There’s tons, to pick from, and all of them are simply full of sappy, cheesy, absolutely wonderful happy endings.

Watch your plate. Don’t deprive yourself of the yummy treats available, but keep track. It’s easy to put on a few pounds this time of year. Enjoy yourself, but remember that limits still exist. Stop eating once you are 80 percent full. Bonus tip: there are lots of fun marathons and holiday themed 5k’s to run. Google upcoming events in your area and keep moving. You’ll feel like you’ve earned that big meal!
Remember to enjoy yourself!! 

Love, Skye

Next up: Christmas Gift Buying Guide

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