For many, the holidays are their favorite time of year. And yet, several of these very same people get to a point when they cannot wait for the holidays to be over. What gives? What is it about the holidays that drive people batty?
I hear about it all the time from folks and see it every year. People who can be focused, disciplined, and committed to healthy living the majority of the time regress once November hits.
Self-discipline is thrown out the window. Exercise and regular eating habits are neglected. Money management and financial restraint is ignored. Sleeping habits, daily structure, alcohol consumption, etc., etc., etc.
No wonder the holidays end up taking a toll on people’s physical, mental, and emotional health. I wonder if New Year’s Resolutions are mostly a reaction to how poorly we’ve managed the end of the previous year.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. The holidays can be both joyful and manageable. Spontaneity can still flourish with structure and routine. Seasonal spending can coexist with financial boundaries.
Family gatherings, work-related celebrations, school celebrations – a crowded calendar can be navigated without sacrificing your sanity. But it won’t happen on its own. It will take attention, effort, and a bit of creativity.
In the next couple of weeks, we’ll explore tips and tools to help you not only manage the holidays but also enhance your overall holiday experience. These tips and tools are rooted in common sense principles.
There is no magic formula. In fact, you might already be utilizing these skills and tools throughout the year. If so, don’t use the holidays as an excuse or license to stop what is already working in your favor.
As with most things in life, multidisciplinary approaches are more likely to assist and support positive change as opposed to one simple, single solution.
In fact, you may notice as we progress thru the list of helpful hints for the holidays that the tips and tools seem to naturally overlap with one another and promote additional healthy steps. This hopefully will help in creating momentum for a healthier and more fulfilling holiday season.