Are holiday expectations making you stressed? Are you tempted to eat your holiday cookies right away instead of saving them? Are seasonal time demands competing with your daily eating and exercise routine?
Here are some ways to cut holiday stress and keep control of your personal fitness:
- Organize. Plan ahead, keep to-do lists, combine errands. Save your holiday time and energy for what’s fun and festive.
- Say “no” —- to problems you can’t resolve, to demands that exhaust you, to things you don’t enjoy, to tasks that aren’t yours, especially if your calendar is already full. You don’t need to organize food for the office party if you’re chairing a school fund-raiser!
- Take care of you. Eat smart, stay active, sleep enough. Staying fit gives you more energy and “cool” to deal with holiday stressors. Avoid pressures from others’ expectations.
- Expect setbacks; just move on. Your dog’s muddy paws will mess up your carpet just before party time. Weather will delay guests.
- Accept your limitations. You’re wiser to do less better than do more badly. You don’t have to make gingerbread ornaments just because you always have. You can host a crowd, but only if each guest brings a dish.
- Do tough tasks first. Once done, their stresses are off your mind!
Brought to you by the Healthy Eating and Active Living Coalition of Pierce County Source: 365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association (Wiley 2004), Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS