- Avoid Surprises by coming up with a game plan
- The Holidays can be a very stressful time of year with all of the expectations that come along with it. Which family are you going to spend time with? What presents are you going to get? Which parties are you going to attend? What foods are you going to make? If you don’t have a game plan, then you can get overwhelmed very easily. Start planning out your Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday weeks in advance so that there won’t be any stressful surprises at the last minute.
- Make a budget
- The #1 problem in marriages and relationships is money, and what you do with your money during the Holidays can have a ripple effect on your budget for the rest of the year. Sit down and be realistic about what you can and can’t afford this year. Can you afford the ski trip or the expensive Christmas presents? Be honest with yourself. Don’t buy presents for everyone if you can’t afford it. I promise you that your Aunt June will be just fine if she doesn’t get a Christmas sweater this year.
- Focus on Fun, not Food
- Most holidays are associated with certain foods. Christmas at your house might not be the same without your aunt’s green been casserole, but that doesn’t mean food has to be the main focus. Instead, throw yourself into the other rituals a holiday brings, whether it’s caroling or tree trimming.
- Have a Tech-free Holiday
- We have all been out to dinner and seen the family that is engaged in their electronics and not each other. Don’t let that be you this Holiday season. Put down the phones and turn off the electronics and focus on creating new memories with your friends and family. You can Facebook about it later.
- The Best Offense is a Good Defense
- Everyone’s overly busy during the holidays, and most of us want to spend our time shopping, decorating, or seeing friends and family, which leaves less time to cook healthy meals. Take defensive action several weeks ahead of time by cooking meals intended specifically for the freezer. You’ll be thankful later when you can pop one of the meals into the oven or microwave and turn your attention instead to writing out holiday cards with a personal message in each.
- Portion Control
- Everyone has their favorite dish during the Holidays. Ever since I was a little boy my favorite thing has always been my grandmother’s homemade pumpkin chiffon pie. You can still enjoy your favorite foods, just practice portion control. One helpful tip is to use a smaller plate so you don’t load up as much food.
- When it comes time to enjoy some cocktails at the office Christmas party, try to practice moderation and limit yourself to how many drinks you have. You will spare yourself some empty calories and possibly some embarrassment in front of your coworkers.
- Turkey Trot
- This year start a new Holiday tradition that involves exercise. Sign up for a 5K race or some other type of exercise event. This way you have something to train for and you will be less tempted to eat that extra slice of pie and more inclined to hit the gym.
- Schedule Some Me Time
- We all know how stressful the Holidays can become, that is why it is important to schedule some down time to allow yourself to unwind. Exercise is one way to do this, but you may also want to consider getting a massage, reading a good book, or watching your favorite Christmas movie. Whatever it is that you like to do on your down time, make it a priority so you don’t get burned out this Holiday season.
- It’s better to Give than Receive
- Studies show that people who give their time and money to charity live longer and happier lives. The Holiday season is the perfect time of year to give back to the community and the less fortunate. This year start a new tradition with your family and help out at your charity of choice. After all, it is better to give than receive.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
10 Tips To A Happy and Healthy Holiday
Some of you may still be recovering from your Halloween “Candy Coma” just in time for the Thanksgiving turkey binge. The Holiday season is definitely upon us, and with this time of year comes the temptation to, overeat, overspend, and under exercise. I want to encourage you to avoid the pitfalls of the Holidays by making better decisions for your wallet, your waistline, and your family. You can make the most of the Holidays and it all starts with a good game plan. Follow my 10 Tips to a Happier and Healthier Holiday.