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Wellness News: Tips for Managing the Demands of the Holidays
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The holiday season is upon us. The holidays are often accompanied with extra responsibilities like shopping, baking, cleaning, entertaining, and hosting out-of-town guests. Planning ahead and staying organized can ensure that you manage your stress levels and enjoy this special time of year.

Here are some tips to help ease you through the holidays:

  • Be realistic with your time: Set realistic expectations on what you can accomplish and how much you can handle on your schedule. Allow yourself to let go of impossible goals and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Make lists: Make a to-do list and a shopping list to help you stay efficient when dealing with holiday tasks.
  • Set a budget: Before you start your shopping and party planning, establish a reasonable overall—and itemized—budget, and then stick to it. 
  • Schedule downtime: Give to yourself by enjoying some downtime—even 20 to 30 minutes—to avoid feeling stressed, tired, and overscheduled.
  • Be active: Plan group activities with family and friends that aren’t all about food. Try playing sports or other physically active games, serving a holiday meal at your spiritual or community center, or going on a walking tour of a local park, botanical garden, or decorated homes.
  • Indulge a little: Don’t completely restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite holiday foods. Instead, savor your favorite treats while eating smaller portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and slowly and thoroughly enjoy your holiday treat.
  • Limit alcohol: Most alcoholic drinks are high in calories with minimal nutrition, so if you're limiting your calories and you want every calorie to count, avoid the empty ones found in alcohol. 
Utilize the tips above to stay happy, be healthy, and have a stress-free holiday season!
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