Tips for Surviving (and Thriving) During the Holidays

December 2009)

1) Enjoy the whole holiday season

Spread out your celebrating to encompass the whole season, before and after Christmas, to help take some of the pressure off creating the perfect holiday.

2) Set some goals
Have some clear objectives going into the holidays for activities you want to do, conversations or connections you want to have, and time you want to spend with family.

3) Manage your expectations
Be realistic in what you expect of family and relatives during the holidays, and don't get disappointed if everything doesn't turn out perfectly. Accept and enjoy the family you have, not the one you wish you had!

4) Allow for extra travel time
If you are traveling this season, don't rush it! Give yourself more time than you think you'll need to get where you are going - whether by plane, train or automobile.

5) Plan to take de-stressing breaks
Schedule a morning walk, a meditation, yoga or just find time to intentionally be alone during the holiday to breathe, find your center, and recharge your spirit.

6) Just say NO
Prioritize your holiday commitments, and don't feel obligated to accept every invitation or take on every holiday activity.

7) Give the gift of time and attention
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that cost nothing at all.

8) Stick to your schedule
Even if you are on vacation or traveling, maintaining a schedule that is familiar, including diet and exercise, can help you maintain balance and stay calm.

9) Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

10) Get out in the sun
On sunny winter days, get bundled up and take a walk outside to soak up some vitamin D.

"Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food."
- Hippocrates