5 Tips for a Happier Holiday

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The holidays are festive, but it’s not uncommon to experience unusually high levels of stress this time of year.

It seems that we are all rushing to beat the clock. Trying to fit as much into our calendars while trying to make those around us feel happy. Everything from finding more time to volunteer at children’s school, to wrapping up major corporate accounts before the New Year, to finishing your Christmas shopping. But, with a few healthy and common sense tips, you can find a way to manage your lists, your parties and yourself with ease.

1. Healthy eating: its fine to indulge this time of year, but don’t over do it. Yes, I’m all for taking a piece of chocolate, or an extra serving of mashed potatoes, but balance that with healthier choices throughout your day. Fuel up on healthier food to feel refreshed and energized. Start your morning off with a spinach, banana, coconut smoothie, or drink more water throughout the day. I have a whole e-book called Savor the Moment Smoothie recipes on my website www.maryannskaro.com Download your copy now.

2. Boundaries: everyone is eager to gather and catch up on each others lives this time of year, but make sure you are connecting with those who truly matter to you. Make time to visit with family and friends, those you care about; and those who care about you. Allow yourself to indulge in company that is uplifting. If someone is at a distance away, make the time for a phone call or step into the tech generation and skype or Facetime with them. There is really no excuse to let our meaningful relationships go in this day and age.

3. Realistic expectations: pick 1 or 2 holiday parties you want to attend and place them in your calendar. Get comfortable with the idea that you don’t have to attend every party or event. Send regrets to the others and keep your sanity, and it will allow you to truly enjoy holiday season.

4. Host Smaller parties: Similarly if you are hosting a party remember that you don’t have to make it huge and elaborate. Perhaps this year you host smaller dinner parties that enable you to have more intimate conversations with your guests. Bigger isn’t always better and this is one example where the cliché rings true.

5. Traditions change and that’s okay: It’s normal for traditions to change as your lifestyle changes or as you evolve. Allow yourself the freedom to explore new traditions for yourself and your loved ones. Don’t be so deeply rooted in routine that you lose sight of the main objective. Your going to be pleasantly surprised that it just might open up an entirely new and fresh way of connecting with your family and friends.

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