To Gobble Or Not To Gobble?

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Now that the Halloween candy is gone, it is important to consider how to implement excellent self-care techniques for the remaining holidays.  I thought I would share my Formula for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season here  

  • Have a plan Budget your time and money to avoid “biting off more than you can chew”.   When dinner is spread before you, take a moment and a deep breath to contemplate what you will indulge in and what you can pass on.  (To gobble or not to gobble?)
  • Delegate tasks & substitute store-bought items for homemade items whenever possible.  You will develop a sense of teamwork and have more time to relax and enjoy the spirit of the season.  Plus, you are more fun to be around when you aren’t running around like a chicken with his head cut off!
  • Manage your expectations.  Striving for perfection is demoralizing.  Your relatives will not change just because it’s the holidays!
  • Acknowledge your limits.  If you are overwhelmed with stressful life events (e.g., grieving the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job), you may need to let a friend or relative cook the holiday meal this year.  Decide what you can realistically afford and do this holiday season.  Share your concerns with friends and family.  
  • Create new traditions.  If you are not able to carry out your usual traditions, look for ways you can create new ones.  It’s fun to do things differently. 
  • Develop an attitude of gratitude. We all have a tremendous amount to be thankful for!  Do you appreciate the “little” things on a daily basis?  

Let’s make this year as enjoyable and love-filled as possible!  

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Wishing you a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!