Let’s get real. The holiday season is in full swing. We’re getting swept up in parties, gift-giving, family time, and of course potlucks and holiday feast mode.

Not to mention if you’re the one organizing and hosting and making the food and in charge of the holiday gift budget ON TOP of all that other everyday stuff you still have to get done. <flailing both hands in the air>

So believe me, I understand if your needs have gotten bumped down a few notches in your priority list for the sake of showing everyone else how much you love them.

Maybe you’re putting off your workouts to get another batch of treats in the oven or fridge. Maybe you’re going to bed a bit later than usual to get some shopping IRL or online done after the kids and/or your partner have gone to bed. Maybe you picked up a few more holiday specialty lattes than you originally wanted to on your way to visit friends and family out of town.

“You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Do what it takes to care for yourself this holiday season. A happy, calm you is a great gift for the people you love as well as for yourself.

Here are 3 ways to take the reins on holiday stress:

– Try getting some squats and lunges in while you’re waiting for stuff to come out of the oven or every time you add an item to your online shopping cart.

– If knowing you still have a lot to do over the next few weeks is keeping you from a restful sleep, write it out. Use a journal or planner and try time-blocking – and follow through. Knowing what’s on the docket in the next few days and when you’re going to get to it can be really helpful for reducing stress.

– Be mindful of your choices. You can have the holiday treats, but don’t neglect the rest of your day just because you might be making one “off” choice. Decide to add a handful of raw nuts (pistachios are prevalent this time of year) alongside a sweet treat, or a handful of green veggies to your potluck plate.

What strategies have you tried to keep healthy through the holidays?

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