"How are your Holiday's going?"
As long as there are families, friends, coworkers and volunteer organizations, we will be busy! You add in several Holiday's within 6 weeks and we tend to go into overdrive.
We tend to not eat right.
We tend to not follow our regular workout schedule.
We tend to schedule too much in, and leave little time free.
This, my friends, all leads to stress. That nasty dog waiting in the wings to raise your blood pressure, wear down your immune system, add pounds to your middle and whittle away at what little patience you have left. All of these then lead to continued bad choices - I mean, you've already had cake, pie and whiskey, what harm is that chocolate mint brownie going to do?! - right?
Which then leads right to home plate - depression and what optimists like to call - The Holiday Blues.
So, let's nip this in the bud and not let Holiday Stress take hold of us at all this year!
Who's with me?
The first strategy to avoid the downward spiral into the depression drain is to live by your calendar. I know, I know, you've heard me say this before - but your calendar is your bestie during this time of year. Yes, even more so than on a regular basis. But overscheduling or not being prepared for what you have on your schedule is a HUGE cause of stress.
I also recommend looking at your calendar with your partner (this goes for people with or without children!).
Make sure you are aware of each others' events and obligations. I like to do this on Sunday afternoons so you can look at the whole week, who needs to be where, who needs to bring what and who needs to pick up and bring who where. Shopping lists and time needed to make pot lucks, get ready, wrap gifts (or buy them) can all be put on the schedule together at this one 15 min. sit down.
One way to take away some stress while you and the family are running from one corner of town (or the state) to another is to have some meals ready to go. Pull out that trusty crock pot and make some chili, soup or stew. Have it handy for when you are running late instead of picking up fast food. I have a