24 Nov 2015

5 Tips to Avoid a Holiday Hangover

We understand how easy it is to feel not so wonderful this time of year. So we’ve compiled five ways to avoid a holiday hangover, side step the seasonal blues, and stay happy, healthy, and positive. Keep these on hand—they’re your Cliff’s Notes for holiday cheer.

Avoid a Holiday Hangover

Don’t turn into this woman over the holidays! Use these 5 tips to stay happy, healthy, and positive.

1. Acknowledge Your Feelings

Not everyone loves the holiday season. It’s a busy time! We come together with friends and family we might not normally see during the year (and maybe that’s for a good reason). We pack in as many activities as possible. And we’re trying to live up to other people’s expectations. Wow, that’s exhausting! Your emotions are your internal GPS: If you’re feeling overwhelmed, tired, or anxious, then honor those feelings and give yourself a break.

2. Be Realistic

We want to do everything to make the holiday season perfect for our loved ones, and that is a beautiful intention. However, there are only so many hours in a day. If you have a full-time job, take care of children, or are just over-scheduled in general, you don’t have to add another layer of stress and pressure. Having realistic expectations of yourself and others will actually make your holiday season more enjoyable with less chaos.

3. Don’t Abandon Healthy Habits

Avoid a Holiday Hangover

Stick to your healthy habits during the holidays, especially exercising.

Cookies, chocolate, and other goodies are everywhere this time of year. Plus, who has time to exercise with all the additional commitments and holiday activities? It’s so easy to derail and put off good habits until after the New Year. But don’t! You can avoid that holiday hangover by taking good care of your body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy holiday treats in moderation and don’t forget to make time for your own self-care.

4. Stick to a Budget

This one is tough. So many gifts to buy and events to host and attend, but waking up to 2016 with massive credit card debt is not the way you want to start out the New Year. Create a budget and stick to it so that you can enjoy your holiday without the stress of over spending. Also, remember the reason for the season: Gifts are great, but time spent with loved ones creating memories will be better enjoyed when you can give without regret.

5. Learn to Say No

Being comfortable with saying no will set you free. Do the things you want to do. If someone is asking you to go somewhere you don’t want to or give something you don’t want to, trust your instincts. Your time and energy is precious, especially this time of year. You deserve to enjoy your holiday time, so stay true to what makes you happy, not anyone else.

Laura Richer

Laura Richer, CHt, is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Master Life Coach. Laura's love of learning has taken her to Western Washington University, The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Basytr University, and Seattle Life Coach Master Training as well as many self-help seminars, transformational workshops, yoga classes, spiritual retreats, and much more.

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