We all look forward to the holiday season, and why not? The holidays are a great time to get together with friends, family, and neighbors to enjoy some of the best things that life has to offer, including fun, food, and togetherness. But the holidays can also be stressful, especially if you’re trying to see a lot of different family and friends who may live in a lot of different areas—or if family is descending upon your home in Belton, MO en masse. There are presents to buy, cards to send, food to prepare, parties to attend or to host, and so much to do. And given that the holiday season tends to begin in October and lasts through the beginning of January, all that festivity can really take a lot out of a person. So here are a few tips to help you get through this holiday season without stressing too much, eating too much, or overextending yourself:
- Maintain a regular routine. This can be tough with so many gatherings and parties going on, but sticking as close as you can to your regular routine can reduce a lot of stress this holiday season. That means eating, sleeping, waking up, and exercising at around the same time each day. The holidays may make keeping to all of your normal routines impossible, but if you make an effort to stick as close as you can, you’ll find the holidays a lot more enjoyable and a lot less draining.
- Eat, drink, and be merry… in moderation! Let’s face it: one of the best things about the holidays is all the delicious food that’s available. Some of us look forward to Christmas cookies, eggnog, fudge, and mulled wine all year long, so we should definitely allow ourselves to enjoy all those things. But we should try to enjoy them in moderation. It’s easy to say, “Well, it’s just once a year,” but eating too many heavy or sugary foods or drinking too much eggnog can lead to a lot of discomfort, and not just when we step on the scale January 1st and see the damage all that holiday feasting has done.
- Be realistic about what you can and can’t do. Of course, we all want to accept every invitation, attend every party, and make sure that the holiday experience is absolutely perfect for our loved ones. But overextending yourself while trying to make everything perfect will only make things worse in the long run, so focus on the little things that can make the season bright without breaking the bank or breaking you.
Ultimately, taking good care of yourself this holiday season is a lot like taking good care of yourself all the rest of the year—the holidays just bring with them some special challenges to go along with all the fun things. By sticking to routine as best you can, not overindulging in food or drink, and knowing your limits, you’ll enjoy the holidays more, and so will your loved ones who care about you.
And if you’re a part of our senior living community in Kansas City at Lazy Acres, you won’t want to miss our holiday party, hosted by Karen Savage on the first Thursday in December. We look forward to seeing you there! Not already a resident? You can learn more about the best neighborhood in Belton, MO by calling (816) 331-4886 or filling out our online contact form!