- Stay connected to your social supports. Set up certain times to stay connected to your most supportive friends during this Holiday Season.
- This seems obvious but it gets forgotten: EXERCISE! Research shows that it reduces stress, increases endorphins (feel good hormones in the brain) and will help you feel better about yourself and any extra calories you choose to eat.
- Set intentions. This simple act of setting an intention for yourself will help focus your mind. Setting intentions is different from goal setting in that your focus is on how you are "being" in the present moment. Your attention is mainly focused on the present rather than the future. As you do this you align your actions, in the present moment, with what matters most to you.
- Limit time spent with challenging people. Often the Holidays bring upon many of us obligations requiring us to schmooze with people whose company we may not enjoy. Honor yourself in these moments, do the right thing, and limit the quantity of time you stay. Additionally, add some balance and make a point to spent time with friends whose company you do enjoy.
- Evaluate your priorities: When people are aligned with their values, anxiety is low and there’s a sense of ease, living your life fully and overall satisfaction. If you’re not sure what’s most important to you, or know that your life could be better, consider hiring a counselor or coach in the New Year to help you find clarity and create a life you love living.