The holiday season is often an exciting and much anticipated time of year. This season—for all its fun and festivities—often
comes with long lines, burdensome traffic, inclement weather and various pressures leaving you to feel stressed out and overwhelmed.
For many of us the holidays are nerve-wracking. Some attribute the stress to having to spend time with family, travel and excessive spending. But, in reality, the holidays are difficult because our self-talk, that never-ending commentary going on in our heads
that manages to rob us of joy and happiness. Below are three habits you can practice before, during and after family gatherings that will help with the process. Remember, it's not that people and situations make us feel badly, it's our self-talk about people
and situations that cause our negative emotions.
Robert Farra, PhD, Psychologist at NorthShore, provides the following strategies to help make the holidays truly merry:
Do you get stressed out during the holidays? What do you do to reduce it?
All of the holiday treats and temptations on the table can make for a difficult time managing your weight and portion control. While it’s okay to indulge from time to time, it’s important to make smart choices to help keep your plate balanced.
According to the USDA’s MyPlate recommendations, half of your plate should consist of fruit and vegetables, accompanied by grains, protein and dairy. You may find it hard to have this much balance on your plate during the holidays, but planning in advance
and thinking through your meal choices can be a huge help for keeping your plate (and waistline!) in check.
Goutham Rao, MD, gives his insight on how to plan your portions and still be able to enjoy the holidays:
What is your favorite holiday treat? What do you do to resist temptation and overeating?