1. Don’t forget the exercise!
Oh, my goodness! I hate to admit this, but I hate "exercising" so boring. But, it IS THE best way to put stress in its place. No question! Move your body! Dance, running, lifting, sweating, etc., it all helps our body release endorphins - the feel good hormones. But, don’t worry, you don't have to carve out an hour, or five, each day for the gym. Do what works with your schedule and your interests so that it's easier to stay with it. And, if you already have a regular routine, keep it going. It’s so much easier to keep something going than having to start it up again. Because, inertia.
2. Are you exhausted and living on stimulants?
Give this a try: listen to what your body is asking you for. Are you feeling run down? Take a 15-minute cat nap and increase your fresh food intake. Do you feel like there's too much on your plate? Ask for help. Delegate and let others become involved in helping you create a beautiful holiday. Or, at the very least, a stress-less workday.
3. Don’t expect too much of yourself (and others).
Be realistic with your time and goals this season. Be gentle with yourself and others. And, be kind to yourself when you DO get frustrated. This world is full of human beings - imperfect people who are doing the absolute best they can at any given moment. It's o.k to cut yourself and other people some slack.
4. Be careful with overspending.
Financial health is an incredibly important part of your overall health, and most certainly correlates to the level of stress you may be experiencing. If you can't afford to get gifts, find other, non-money based ways, to express your love.
5. Put your fork down in between bites and savor your food.
Thoroughly chewing each bite helps your entire digestive system work much more efficiently. Not to mention, it’s a much more pleasurable experience to enjoy each bite.
It's the holidays.
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road does not mean they are lost."