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  • 5 Ways to Stay Happy During the Holidays

    1 posts, 1 voices, 580 views, started Dec 8, 2008

    Posted on Monday, December 8, 2008 by Daphne


    • Carnelian

      I lifted this from my AOL account...  

      Follow these tips, and soon you’ll be whistling your way through the holiday season.  

      1. Simplify your schedule. Scheduling is particularly important during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Simplify your schedule so that you have one holiday event per weekend. And if that means prioritizing or splitting time with your partner, then do so. If you‘re overscheduled, it’s easy to feel like the holidays are an emotional merry-go-round rather than a celebration. Be sure to review school events, family parties, or social outings so that you have enough time to request days off work or hire a babysitter.  

      2. De-stress and decompress. With the various events during the holidays, it’s easy to forget to give yourself time to relax. Make sure you factor in some alone time or a date to go out with friends. If crafts are a hobby of yours, kill two birds with one stone by creating handmade, meaningful gives for others. And while you‘re out shopping for the family, don’t hesitate to give yourself a gift. Do whatever you need to ensure some decompression.  

      3. Stay healthy. It’s tough to enjoy yourself during the holidays when you‘re sick. Don’t neglect to look after yourself while you‘re looking after your loved ones. The best ways to ward off illness in the cold weather months are to stay warm, eat well, and wash your hands. To stay warm, remember this mantra: “Layers, layers, layers.” Stay away from greasy food and try to increase your vitamin C intake. Finally, it’s no news that sickness is common in the winter; so make sure you regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.

      It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...  

      Here’s how to make that statement ring true for you.  

      4. Spread the joy. Don’t be an Ebenezer Scrooge; there is a strong association between helpful behavior and health. What’s more, Stephen G. Post, a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, describes in his book Altruism and Health how unselfish behavior distracts us from our own problems and helps give our lives greater meaning and purpose. Since altruistic behavior promotes positive emotions, look into volunteering at a soup kitchen, donating canned goods to a shelter, or simply tossing a couple of dollars to the Salvation Army. By helping others, you could be helping yourself.

      5. Remember that it will end. Recognize that the holidays will come and go. You may or may not have indulged in those delicious holiday cookies. You may have extended yourself far and beyond what you envisioned—mentally, physically, or both. Keep in mind that the holiday season does end and you will be able to return to a more normal schedule. And, remember, despite the financial, emotional, and physical duress associated with the holiday season, try to enjoy connecting and being with the loved ones around you.