The holiday season usually marks a time of festive planning, family gatherings, and celebrations. But, it also is a time that many of us will feel stressed, overburdened and depressed. However, before the holiday season is in full force, we can take steps now to ensure that mind, body, and spirit, are healthy.
Oftentimes, holiday planning introduces a whole new dimension of being stressed out. We want for everything to go as planned, and to be perfect. But, no matter how hard we try, some things just don’t work out the way we had planned. So, instead of holiday planning getting the best of us, we can master it by taking a more positive approach:
- Think positive — accept the holidays for what it is, and nothing more: a time to celebrate being with family and the ones you love. The holidays don’t define us; if things go wrong, it’s not the end of the world. It surely has no reflection on who we are, and our true inner being.
- Relax and recharge — don’t allow yourself to become exhausted and overburdened. Taking the time to just stop and relax will help you to feel strong physically and mentally.
- Embrace the moment — worrying about the future and the past will not change the current moment. Feel blessed that you’re able to enjoy the company of family and friends. Laugh much, and worry less. Tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us.
- Eat healthy; avoid overindulgence — holiday foods can still be enjoyed, by sampling: try small portions, instead of a regular, serving size. Moderation controls weight gain, which tends to happen during the holidays.
- Find time to exercise — fit exercise into your holiday planning schedule. Whether it’s ten minutes, or 60 minutes, exercise is important to an overall healthy mind and body.