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Optimizing Health & Happiness During the Holiday Season

November 2, 2015|By Dr. Mary Anderson|Counseling & Psychotherapy

As the holiday season approaches, it may be helpful to take a moment to think about your typical holiday traditions, social events, and stressors and generate a doable game plan to optimize your enjoyment, health, and overall well-being during this year’s festivities.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides some important “Holiday Health and Safety Tips” including: washing your hands often to reduce the risk of getting sick during this social season and staying safe during this time of increased travel by ensuring you wear your seat belt every time you ride or drive in a car. For additional information and to hear “The 12 Ways to Health Holiday Song,” click here.

Here are a few more suggestions to incorporate into your routine to stay healthier and happier throughout this holiday season:

  • Eat breakfast every morning
  • Write a to-do list rather than try to remember everything
  • Focus on things you can control
  • Book a massage or spa treatment
  • Get outside for a 10-minute walk whenever possible
  • Remind yourself the holidays will pass soon
  • Bring healthy snacks and water with you when you travel
  • Forgive yourself if something doesn’t go as planned
  • Practice deep breathing (  is a great free app to help with this)
  • Focus on what you are grateful for in your life.

Encouraging Awareness & Action: What are usually your top three stressors during the holidays?  What are three things you can do to help manage your stress during the holiday season this year?

Excellent Online Resources:

20 Habits That Make Holiday Stress Worse

WebMD’s 10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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