Speaking Point: The number one key tool for staying sane anytime of the year, and especially during the Holiday Season is to cultivate a daily meditation practice. Once you have an established daily practice you will be able to handle the stress of the Holidays with greater ease.
Speaking Point: Don't let exercise slip by the wayside during the Holidays. It will help not only to prevent weight gain typically gained by all the rich, sweet foods and alcohol consumed during the Holidays, but it will also boost the serotonin levels in your brain so you will feel good as well.
Speaking Point: You will need more sleep not less during the busy Holiday season. There are so many demands put on us during the Holidays that the best way to rejuvenate, restore and look great at all the holiday gatherings is to get your Beauty Sleep.
Speaking Point: Choose which events and social gatherings you feel you need/want to attend. Learn to say NO if a social event causes you too much stress. When a relative or party guest becomes annoying and/or drunk, or there is too much drama, physically and emotionally remove yourself from the situation. I usually listen for a while to be polite, and then when I've had enough I smile and say something like,"Oh excuse me I have to go to the bathroom" or "I have to make an important call" and I walk away and do not return. Saying No is how we take care of ourself, especially during the Holiday season, and you do not have feel guilty about that.
Speaking Point: Drink a lot of water to fill you up before you go to a party where there will be tons of rich food. Don't mix alcohol and be conscious of how much food you put on your plate. Keep portions small with lots of veggies and then you can allow yourself to indulge in a bit of anything you like ( even a small glass of high caloric egg nog). Moderation is key. If you have strict dietary rules- stick to them. Don't allow yourself to be pressured to eat what you don't want. I don't eat meat of any kind, so if it is a sit down meal I make sure to tell the host/ hostess ahead of time.
Speaking Point: Don't leave Xmas shopping till the last minute- that will definitely increase stress big time. Start thinking about your gift list around Sept and pick up gifts ahead of time. Avoid shopping malls as much as possible between Thanksgiving and Xmas- or go early morning or later at night when there are less crowds.
Speaking Point: Make time every day during the Holidays just for you. If meditation isn't your thing, you can still schedule in some private quiet time just to be alone for an hour or even 30 mins. Turn off the tv with all it's noisy commercials, take a bath with aromatherapy oils and candles, tune into some calming music and put the answering machine on. If you have a DO NOT DISTURB sign, put that on your bathroom or bedroom door!!