Stay on top of stress! It seems like the holidays sneak up on us every year, no matter how prepared you are! Write down the things you need to do (Christmas shopping, food preparation, wrapping presents, etc.) and have a tentative schedule for when it will be done. Don’t forget to include some self- care time and to get enough sleep. The holiday season is typically busier than normal, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Remember to enjoy these times and the REASON for the added stressors!
Make memories, not debt! Gift-giving is a fun experience, but be mindful of overspending this holiday season. Set a budget and stick to it! Set priorities for gift-giving, travel and decorations that will not leave you in a hole as you move into the New Year! Due to the pandemic, family and friends may be feeling extra pressure this year. Purchase meaningful gifts- a grocery gift card would be a welcome gift for a family; a special book is the perfect gift for a child, homemade baked goods would be a great treat for your neighbors, and a video slideshow of family pictures would be a welcome gift for parents and grandparents. Give coupons for date nights, movie nights, picnics, etc. to a loved one- these meaningful experiences will make memories that will outlast anything you could purchase in a store!
Eat healthy, stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Limit your portion sizes and foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Also, be active for at least 2½ hours a week and help kids and teens be active for at least 1 hour a day.
Enjoy Holiday themed workouts! Go caroling, take a walk around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights and put on your favorite Christmas music to dance around while decorating and cooking this holiday season! (More ideas here: itstimetexas.org/healthy-holidays/)
Remember to stay safe and follow social distancing guidelines when planning your holiday events. Holiday celebrations will likely need to be different this year- avoid activities that are higher risk for spread. Plan a Netflix watch party to view your favorite holiday movies, attend religious ceremonies via Zoom, or host a virtual happy hour with family and friends with an Ugly Christmas Sweater or PJs theme! Have a virtual dinner and share recipes with friends and families! Now is the time to be creative in how we can be together, even when we are apart!