How to Survive the Holidays

As the holiday season quickly approaches, you may be planning a
large family gathering, traveling out of town, buying gifts for family and
friends. Whatever your plans are, even if you LOVE the holidays, you’ll most likely be under stress.

Decisions about food, family issues, or what parties to attend sound harmless, but for some people, it’s too much to handle. Here are a few tips, strategies, and tricks to help you have a happy, healthy and fun holiday season.

One of the most daunting challenges is the holiday food factor. Not only is holiday food rich, tempting, and sugary – you may feel guilty eating it OR NOT eating it.

A good option is just trying to eat small portions of holiday food. This may take more will power for some people not to KEEP sampling, but it can be a helpful
strategy.  Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays.  START NOW by
eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, and stepping up your activity
level. That way, when the holidays hit, you’ll feel better, be in better shape and may not have the same level of cravings.  Also, it’s best to never go to a party hungry – eat something nutritious before you go and sample just a little of the party fare.

Another issue that often comes up is a constant time crunch around the holidays.  Trying to do everything on your own is often overwhelming and can leave you feeling irritable.  It is important to ASK FOR HELP.  Delegate tasks to
family members and friends involved in the celebration.  Hire a baby-sitter for a few hours while you shop or take a much needed break.  Planning ahead and pacing yourself will also help ease the holiday blues.

Finally, it’s most important during the busy holidays to not neglect your
health!  Eat nutritiously, exercise, relax, and visit your chiropractor. Chiropractic care is part of a healthy, happy lifestyle and can assist you in
surviving the holidays – and beyond!