Three Reminders to Help you Coast Through the Season

Well, 2018 is almost behind us.  Traditionally, this is a time of celebration. We get together with people we haven’t seen in months. We buy hostess gifts and Christmas presents. Calendars are full, credit cards are maxed out. We are busy!  Sometimes, too busy to enjoy the season.  I do believe that there is something magical about Christmas. Generosity and kindness are more abundant. But there is something else: lots of people get stressed out.

At this time of year, I like to remind everyone about the importance of planning. Being prepared will save you a lot of frustration and disappointment — and minimize those feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed out. Here are some things you’ll want to be aware of:

Baby steps count. Instead of trying to spend hours in the mall all at once, plan on purchasing only 1 or 2 gifts at a time. It’ll be much easier for you to make decisions and stay positive if you only have to focus on a couple of things, instead of checking off all the names on your list. True, you may have to make more trips to the shops, but when each shopping excursion is a success, you won’t mind returning another day.

Nutrition. Eating properly and staying hydrated will keep you in top form over the season. Take a bottle of water with you if you’ know you’ll be shopping for hours. Meal planning and freezing leftovers will be your life savers. For some smart eating tips and healthy recipes, check out this month’s post from guest blogger Laurie McPhail of the Nutritional Reset.

Down time. While the parties and shopping can be fun, remember to plan some time for yourself. When the joy of gift giving leaves you feeling overwhelmed, fatigued and irritable, walk away. Take the time to curl up on the couch, read a book or watch some of those Christmas movies. Stick with your regular exercise routine. Most importantly, be sure to get enough sleep.  Adults aged 26 – 64 years need 7 – 9 hours of sleep daily.

Christmas comes but once a year. Make sure you’re able to enjoy the carols and twinkling lights, instead of bumbling through the season in a fog.

A Merry Christmas to us all!