- STICK TO A BUDGET – Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Have a big family? Maybe start a family gift exchange or secret Santa!
- FORGIVE YOUR INDULGENCES – Though straying from a healthy diet is often a major source of stress, the average person actually only gains about a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. One study found that people who took a more forgiving approach towards themselves after eating a meal high in calories where less likely to binge and overindulge.
- PLAN AHEAD – Get in front of your stress by setting aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and family and other activities. Plan your menus and shopping lists. That will help avoid last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten gifts or ingredients.
- DON’T ABANDON HEALTHY HABITS – While you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself, try not to let the holidays become a complete free-for-all. Enjoying yourself is important, but overindulgence can easily add to stress and guilt. Throw a few healthy snacks and some physical activity into the mix in between the cookies and relaxation.
- TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF – Whether that means reading a book, going to the gym or even just watching a movie without distraction, giving your mind and body some rest can really help during this stressful month.
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