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Holiday Stress

We’re in the midst of the holidays and I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel it.  What am I talking about? Stress.  Anxiety.  Pressure.  It happens for a lot of us during the holidays.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas, you might be feeling it too.  As we get closer to the end of the year, there are more parties to go to, celebrations with family and friends, shopping for the perfect gift and the cooking.  Oh, the food.  Everything seems to be more decadent during the holidays, doesn’t it?  So how do we get through it?  We all have our ways, but I thought it might help to share some of the ways I get through it.

My first step is to Schedule your Time.  When you schedule your time, you can look ahead and see what events or activities you have coming.  Scheduling also helps you to avoid overbooking yourself.  For me, I try to do only one or two things on each weekend day.  By doing this, I still have time for me and things around my house, like cleaning, laundry and food prep.  I use a few different means to keep my schedule.  At home and for work, I use the Day Designer.  It’s an old school way of keeping your schedule withe pen and paper, but I love this planner because it now only gives me a month view and a daily view, but it also gives me space to write a daily gratitude.  I also use my iPhone calendar so I have everything at my finger tips.  Try a few different ways and find a method that’s right for you.

My second tip is to Create a Habit.  I’m not talking about just any habit, but a habit that will help you stay in check this holiday season.  It can be anything you desire, but try to find something that will help you maintain calm and keep a balance.  For me, Monday through Friday, I take about 10 minutes to practice a guided meditation.  I practice this as soon as I sit on the train to go to work.  It helps me focus and get in the right mindset for the day.  Another habit that I’ve created to help me stay in my own version of normal is to make sure I hit at least 4 workouts a week.  Exercise keeps me healthy and helps me balance out all the extra calories that might hit my plate during the holiday parties.  I keep it short so I’m not spending a ton of time, but I’m getting in something good for my body.  What a simple habit you can create today?

The last tip I have to give you is about something I carry with me.  Have you ever heard about the power of crystals?  I carry or wear crystals with me almost every day and each crystal or stone I have has a different power. Carrying Crystals with you is something you can do without too many people knowing, if you’re worried about questions, and an easy practice to put in play.  One of my favorite stones to carry is quartz.  It helps break negativity, clear your mind and focus to stay calm.  Quartz amplifies positive intentions too!  Crystals have different powers so you’ll have to do some research to find out which is the right stone for you.  To help you get started, go to Energy Muse’s quiz to see what you’re searching for help with.  When I took the quiz, I got exactly what I was looking for.

Hopefully, one, if not all, of these tips will help you.  And if they don’t seem like a good fit, come up with one of your own.  If you already have a tip that you use to cope through the holidays, share it in a comment.  You just might be helping someone else! 🙂

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It’s All About Balance!

You know I’m all about balance, right?  Well, that even includes having a little fun every now and then.  And that includes having a drink with some friends.

In Massachusetts, where I’m located, we do not have Happy Hour but I know a lot of my followers in other states do.  So what does that mean for you and your buddies?  It means going out, having a few drinks and maybe even some food.  But how can you still go and stay on track with your lifestyle?  Here are a few tips to help you.

Tip #1 – Be picky

If you’re going to go, be picky!  Read what’s on the menu and think about what ingredients may be used in the recipe.  And if there’s ingredients on the menu that you see and like, but there isn’t a meal made with them, ask if you can have something created for you.  Some restaurants may be willing to make an exception.

Tip #2 – Choose a healthier cocktail

There’s always the good ole beer, but what about something a little different.  The Lemon Thyme Cocktail by Laura Silverman seems perfect!  Herbs can spice up your cocktail just like this one and where the thyme helps you boost your immunity, you can feel a little easier drinking it.

Tip #3 – Eat before you go

If you eat a healthy dinner before you head off with your friends, you’ll be less likely to crave those potato skins on the menu.  Have something filling, like chicken breast and steamed veggies or a kale salad packed with tuna and berries.  Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you like and something you know will keep the cravings at bay.

If you’re going to be doing the Happy Hour at home, you can make the food and drink yourself, which can be even better.  Choose healthier ingredients in the food, organic if you can, and make things with lots of color because it will be visually appealing, which is always fun.  And for the drinks, choose beverages made from locally-sourced ingredients.  They might be higher cost, but the product quality is so much better.

And remember, don’t feel guilty about having a little fun.  It is all about balance and enjoying your life while maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle.  Now go out there and live a little…just a little, though. 🙂

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