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I think that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the most stressful time of year for me. It’s cold out (yuck), money is tight from all the holiday shopping, I never see any Sunshine (when I leave for work it’s dark and when I get home it’s already dark) and there is so much to do. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out (and I usually do). This year I am trying a few different techniques to try to keep myself healthy and happy.
Get Started Early. I have experienced Christmases where I was prepared and Christmases where I was literally at the store on Christmas Eve freaking out because I could not figure out what to buy for someone and I still had tons of wrapping and cooking left to do. Please feel free to guess which of the two scenarios were more enjoyable? If you guessed prepared Christmas than you are CORRECT!
This year I am shopping my butt off and I want to be done by December 1st. I also want to have everything wrapped and ready to go. This way I can spend December watching Christmas movies, baking with my Daughter, decorating, going to holiday parties and enjoying myself. I don’t want to worry about getting things done. I want them to be done so I can relax and enjoy myself. That is the gift I am giving myself this holiday season.
Keep Up with Exercise and Healthy Eating. The holidays bring the delicious foods and while it is fine to indulge and treat yourself, I don’t want to find myself using it as an excuse to stuff my face with delicious-tasting junk and alcohol all December long. Now that I have been eating healthy foods and working out for a few months I have lost weight and I don’t want to gain it all back. More importantly though, I feel better. My stomach doesn’t hurt the way it used to after I would pig out on fatty, carb-filled meals. Working out and eating a maintaining a healthy diet are so important for mind/body balance!
Get Sleep and Take Vitamins.
I think that getting a proper amount of sleep has made such a huge change on my health (probably the biggest out of any other thing I’ve tried). I have made it a priority and no matter what I am in bed by 9:30 pm every week night. Sometimes it’s hard and I think of things I should stay up to do but I feel like it’s worth it to stick to my bedtime (even though it is ridiculously early). My skin looks better, my mind feels more clear and I am not as grouchy as I used to be when I was sleeping less and drinking coffee to make up for it.
Another way that I plan to keep my health on track during the crazy holiday season is to take my vitamins! I just started taking D3 and Fish Oil from Nature Made®.
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So, that is what I am doing to try to remain stress-free during this crazy holiday season. Did I miss anything? Do you have any tips for me? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Based on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report – Pharmacy Times Survey.
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