Holidays are the one time of year we are told we should focus on gratitude, love and giving. However, most of us focus on lack of money, lack of time and just getting through the end of the year. Here are some ways to try to lighten your load this holiday season:
- Try to keep a regular routine
- Maintain a normal sleep schedule
- Know when to say no
- Ask for help when you need it and delegate tasks
- Practice your regular stress management techniques
- Stick to your budget
- Have realistic expectations for yourself and others
- Start new traditions that encourage healthy habits
- Seek professional help to assist in navigating hard times
According to studies, 22% of Americans believe their holiday spending will leave them in debt. Are you budgeting your holidays or just winging it?
American’s spend $776 million dollars on chocolate during the holiday season. This contributes to the average 1.5 pounds Americans gain between September and December.
Studies show that 69% of Americans feel stressed during the holidays due to “lack of time” or “lack of money.” Are you managing your stress or just making it through?
While budgeting for holidays can be difficult, it’s a great way to help reduce stress and enjoy the season. The earlier you create a plan for your holiday season, the more successful you will be.
- Create a budget a few months in advance Write down your plan
- Set a spending limit List all expenses to budget for (gifts, food, travel, etc.)
- Set your priorties and stick to them
- Track your spending and stay in your budget
- Adjust your expectations to fit your budget
- Focus on moments and memories more than gift
KEEPING IT HEALTHY
While the average American only gains around 1.5 pounds from September to December, that weight can add up year after year, and the months of unhealthy behaviors can sometimes lead to habits that stick. Here are a few ways to prioritize your health while enjoying the holidays.
- It’s a holi-DAY, not a holi-WEEK or holi-MONTH. Plan your holiday eating for the days of celebration, and get back on track as soon as that day is over.
- Maintain your activity. As it gets colder and darker, we naturally reduce our activity. Making sure we prioritize our exercise and activity will help keep us in balance.
- Prioritize your sleep. Staying rested and getting quality sleep can encourage better health choices through out your day.
- Make sure you get more fruits and vegetables. We often leave fruits and vegetables off our plate during the holidays. Packing your plate with these low-calorie, high-nutrient foods can help you maintain your weight and get good nutrition.
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