The Holiday Survival Short List

Health and happiness are simple things, but sometimes simplicity isn’t easy. Especially during the holidays, we can get run down and filled up with junk food and negativity. Here are my 5 steps to surviving the holidays, with your waistline and sanity intact.

  1. Don’t stop moving. The cold weather can make us want to hibernate. But you’re not a bear, so don’t act like on. Bundle up. Go for a hike. Park in the farthest parking spot from the store. Use the stairs. Go to yoga, a lot.
  2. Don’t refuse to eat those cookies. Do continue to eat other healthy things. If you know you’re going to a holiday party in the evening, perhaps consider making a smoothie and spinach salad for lunch. Moderation in all things.
  3. Unplug. Disconnect. Whatever you want to call it, put your phone down and lift your gaze. Beautiful things happen all the time. Make sure you’re present enough to notice them. Even if you are surrounded in family members, or co-workers that you don’t necessarily connect with; it’s better to connect with actual human beings than a device. Appreciate the fact that you have people in your life, that want to be around you.
  4. Sleep. The dark days can make us feel more dreary and tired than normal. Get more sleep at night, so you can have more energy during the day. As a mother of three, I know this is easier said than done. But at least try!
  5. Be grateful. The easiest path to happiness is the one paved with thank you’s and noticed blessings. Be grateful for the little things, warm coffee, a fuzzy scarf, a happy stranger. Be grateful for the big things, your home, your family, your community. Every day, every hour stop for a minute and remember all the things that you have to be truly grateful for. Try writing them down. You’ll be amazed at how long the list can get.
  6. BONUS- Remember that eventually the holidays will pass. This will either make you want to savor every moment, or hopeful for January, when things can get back to normal.

The crazy thing about this list is that it really works, as long as you adhere to it. Exercise, eat well, unplug, sleep well, be grateful. Simplicity is rarely easy. But if you let it, it can be wonderful, maybe even the most wonderful time of the year.

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