December 5, 2012

How to suck the stress out of the holidays

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Sometimes this does not feel like the most wonderful time of the year.  There is so much to do, the weather is gray, and there are food temptations galore. So, you may be feeling a little bit stressed out. Here are some quick tips to help you beat the stress, and actually enjoy the holiday season.

1. Whatever you do, don't stop doing the things you normally do to take care of yourself. Whether it is exercising, meditating, reading, coffee with friends, or a hot bath, take the time to attend to your needs on a daily basis. The small investment in your health will allow you to be more efficient, more energetic, and generally more agreeable. Even half an hour a day will give you the fuel you need to thrive.

2. When you start having visions of work dancing in your head, try making a to-do list. Writing down your thoughts will help you organize your mind. Break down your to-do's into short manageable tasks.

3. Learn to just say NO. When you have too much on your plate, it is probably time to start setting boundaries with people who are asking you to do things or go to events you just don't have time for. It is okay to say no. Pick and choose the things that work for you and your loved ones.

4. Make a plan for holiday eating. Fatty, sweet, abundant amounts of food can be ubiquitous during the holidays. But, overeating can lead to lethargy and a poor self-image. If you know you are going to be going to a party, try to eat a healthy snack before hand so you are not ravenous at the party. Also, try to fill up on vegetables, nuts or other nutritious options.

5. Finally, try to slow down and remember what the holiday season is about for you. For me, I will try to make extra time for family, for prayer, and for charitable works. Giving of your time and resources to others can be one of the most meaningful ways to enjoy the holiday season, and it will do wonders for your stress level, too!

If you are struggling with pain or feeling stuck in your life, professional counseling can help. You can contact our Houston therapists by phone at 713 - 591 -3612, via email at nancy @ wilsoncounsleing. org or visit the Wilson Counseling website at www.wilsoncounseling.org  to find out more. Help is just a phone call away!

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