The holidays are supposed to be full of laughter, cheer, generosity, and time with family. The reality is that to some people, the holidays are really full of stress, family drama, depression, or worse. Unhappiness and stress can cause you to gain weight, pulling you further into the holiday blues. If you are one of the many that are affected negatively during the holiday season, we have a few tips that will have you singing, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” in no time!
Don’t Expect Perfection
If you’re one of those family members that has to have everything “just so” during the holidays, then maybe it’s time to relax a little. It’s okay if the cat broke six ornaments or the gingerbread house for your grandchildren didn’t turn out just right. Find the beauty in the chaos and focus on the positive interactions you’re having with your family!
Many people feel pressured to give the best, most expensive gifts to each other during this time of year. Set a modest budget and stick to it. Remember that the best gifts are often the most heartfelt ones. If you can’t afford lavish gifts, don’t sweat it. You don’t want to go into thousands or even hundreds of dollars of debt, because it can make you stress even more during the holidays. Remember that the best time for saving up for Christmas starts on December 26th. Many people don’t think about a holiday budget until Black Friday. This next year, set aside a little every single paycheck that is only for Christmas presents. You’ll feel a lot less stress when next December rolls around.
Take a Time Out
If you feel like you’re starting to go crazy, be sure to take some time to yourself. Come into our clinic for a relaxing treatment or simply take a warm bath. Getting away from it all can be just what you need to keep on going. Don’t feel obligated to go to every single party, work event, or family gathering. Maybe pick only three or four events to attend throughout the month of December. Don’t crowd them in close together, and you’ll have a marvelous holiday season!
The holidays are the absolute worst time for healthy lifestyle choices, we know! However, if you are determined to get better, don’t abandon them completely. Before you go to a party, eat a healthy snack. Choose water, not alcohol. Go to bed early. Get out and exercise every single day. A brisk, winter walk can be invigorating and will clear your head. Sticking to your good, healthy habits will get you through the holiday season better than anything else!
Now go, really enjoy your Holiday Season!