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5 Tips for Finding Balance During the Holidays8 December, 2017
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By Jeannette Carr

Broker/REALTOR®  with Clearwater Montana Properties

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Jeannette Carr

Balance. That “thing” that we all strive for year-round, yet it eludes us most during the craziness of the holiday season. As if the demands of life aren’t hard enough during “normal” times, the extra demands of Christmas parties, buying presents, visiting family, and decking the halls can turn even the most organized person into a deranged Grinch Who Stole Christmas! . 

So how do we get through the season without gaining 10 pounds, alienating our in-laws, and making fools of ourselves at the company Christmas party? The answer is balance.

With the following 5 tips, you can strive to maintain that balance that has kept us healthy and whole up to this point and will have us breezing into the New Year like bosses..

1.)  Schedule your workouts. Take a close look at your planner for the week and purposely schedule in exercise. Whether its time at the gym, going for a walk with the dog, or putting in a workout video first thing in the morning. Look at your week and be realistic about what you can and can’t do. If you can go for three 20-minute walks next week, great. Schedule it! Dinner parties galore!

2.)  Eat as healthy as possible. Tis the season of temptation . . .cookies, candy, fudge, oh my! Make a conscious effort to squeeze in as much nutrition as possible. Make the sugar cookies with the kids, decorate the gingerbread house - but make sure you are sticking to a good balanced diet. Going to a party? Bring a veggie or fruit tray so you know you have something healthy to snack on. Focus on getting protein and serve leafy greens with every single meal.  Before you head to the party, drink a fruit/greens smoothie. Still overindulge? It’s okay, don’t beat yourself up. Just get right back to your healthy eating plan and schedule in more workout time tomorrow.

3.)  Water is your friend. With alcohol and other fattening/sugary beverages flowing, its easy to drink too much and forget to drink water. Stay hydrated my friends, and you will thank me. Most hangovers are made worse by dehydration. Follow my drinking rule. One alcoholic beverage. One glass of water. Make sure to save some time for yourself!So the more you drink, the more water you take in.  Also try to skip the diet soda, the juice, and eggnog. Swap it out for water and you will automatically cut calories, which will help maintain your weight during the holidays.

4.)  Get enough sleep and rest. I know this is a tough one, but if you aren’t rested, the claws usually come out, and no one wants to be equated with Ebenezer Scrooge during the holidays! Try to stick to a set bed and wake up time. Most smart phones have multiple alarms you can set, including a bed time reminder alarm. Feeling overwhelmed or exhausted? Take a nap with the kids. No one is at their best when they are tired. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor - get some sleep!

5.)  Be kind to yourself. We are all human and make mistakes. No one is perfect and can be balanced all of the time. Do the best you can do in your situation. Take a few minutes to breath, mediate, journal. Take a 5-minute break and stretch or wrestle with the kids. Nothing more satisfying than surviving another holiday season! Squeeze in time for a massage or a facial. Buy yourself the new boots you’ve been needing (or two or three pairs like I did). . . take care of yourself. 

Bottom line, when we are balanced, we are at our best. To be the best employees, bosses, friends, lovers, moms, dads, and grandparents; we need to be rested, healthy, and whole. 

Remember, we are all human and make mistakes. Don’t be hard on yourself and be realistic about your expectations. Set a healthy schedule, stick to it, and your sanity, waistline, and loved ones will thank you! 

- Jeannette

 

 

Balance. That “thing” that we all strive for year-round, yet it eludes us most during the craziness of the holiday season.   As if the demands of life aren’t hard enough during “normal” times, add the the extra demands of Christmas parties, buying presents, visiting family, and decking the halls, and can turn even the even the most organized, balanced[K1]  person, can turn into a deranged Grinch Wwho Sstole Christmas!.   [K2] 


 [K1]Removed: “, balanced”

 [K2]Removed: “Do we throw in the towel like the ladies on the movie A Bad Mom’s Christmas?  Tempting I know! “

 

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