It’s that time of year. It’s cold, there’s a lot to do, you’re being pulled in more than one direction and expectations are running high. It’s easy to get stressed out and let the holidays take a toll. But don’t let the grinch get the best of you! Here are 5 tips to help you make the most of the holidays and feel good.
1. Don’t try to do too much.
You are going to have to say no to some things. It’s ok to do this and it’ll save your sanity. Over scheduling yourself or taking on too many tasks can run you ragged. Delegate what you can, manage your time and choose to do what you want. If there is an event you feel obligated to do and you doubt you’ll enjoy it, gracefully decline. The less you choose to do will give you more energy to enjoy what you DO choose to do.
2. Be mindful of what you eat and drink.
It’s normal to indulge during the holidays, but be aware of how certain foods effect your mood. If you eat rich, fatty foods and sweets, you will have less energy, which can make you feel more stressed and run down. Make sure you are exercising, coming to class, going for a walk or run, and getting outside for fresh air. Clear your head, clear your mind and lift your spirits.
3. Plan ahead.
Going to a party? Eat a meal before you go so you don’t end up eating appetizers and sweets for dinner. Make your first drink at the event a glass of sparkling water or non-alcoholic drink. Having a beverage in hand goes a long way to keeping your host happy. If you do drink, try to have a glass of water in between drinks (or sip both all evening). Staying hydrated will help keep hangovers in check.
4. Be grateful.
Remember the spirit of the season and express gratitude. Being grateful for what you have can help you be happy. Giving back to your community or helping those in need can be fulfilling and rewarding. It’s also a good lesson if you have children.
5. Let yourself be.
While the holidays are generally a happy time, they can also be a time of sadness for many people. Give yourself space and allow yourself to feel your emotions. Take the time you need and if you need additional support, reach out to a friend, family member or support system. There are people who care deeply about you.
Give yourself a gift this year, a less-stressful holiday. Take care of yourself first so you can take care of others if they need it. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Happy holidays!
About Dillon Kreider
Certified personal trainer and owner of SOMA TRAINING. I can’t imagine a better job – every day, I get to help people improve their lives and achieve things they never thought possible. To see the gains in strength (I just watched a woman who used to struggle with knee push-ups rip off 20 standard push-ups) and confidence that come with fitness is truly inspiring.