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!