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STRESS AND THE HOLIDAYS – TIPS ON COPING from Dr. Clare Craig

Dec 07, 2011

STRESS AND THE HOLIDAYS – TIPS ON COPING

 

If the holidays for you mean too much time standing in lines, heavy traffic, excessive spending, entertaining relatives, and not enough fun, don’t despair.  It's never too late to put a little sanity back into the holiday season!  

 

Here are some tips to help you cope with and maybe even avoid this year’s holiday stress:

  • Be realistic. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Hold on to those you can and want to. But accept that you may have to let go of others.
  • Keep moving. Exercise is always a great stress reliever.
  • Avoid a relative meltdown. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all your expectations. Practice forgiveness.
  • Stick to a budget. Before you shop, decide how much you can afford to spend. Then be sure to stick to your budget. Donate to a charity in someone's name, give homemade gifts or start a family gift exchange.
  • Learn to say no.
  • Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a dietary free-for-all. Treats are OK, but overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don't go overboard.
  • Don't get too ambitious. Planning an elaborate craft project with the kids? Keep in mind that a gingerbread mansion would be just as much fun in January. In charge of making a seven-course holiday meal? Ask for lots of help, and don't hesitate to cut it down.
  • Forget about perfection. Accept imperfections in yourself and in others.
  • Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do.
  • Remind yourself of the real purpose and meaning of holidays – time with loved ones and gratitude for our gifts!

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Avoid Overeating at Holiday Parties

  • Eat veggies + smoked salmon from the party tray, your body won't crave sugar so much if you get fiber and protein
  • Do a pre-party workout - this helps you to feel good, and encourages you to choose healthier options
  • Eat before you go out, best not to approach a party with an empty stomach
  • Use a small plate or napkin, this really does decrease your intake
  • Eat up before you drink, alcohol decreases inhibitions, slows digestion, and increases food cravings

Based on Information from the Canadian Naturopathic Foundation

 

Dr. Clare Craig, ND, CD(DONA)
Naturopathic Doctor, Doula
Island Optimal Health & Performance

Island Optimal Health & Performance
#103-1808 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC   V9S 5W4

 




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