The holidays are supposed to be a time to celebrate and enjoy being with family and friends. But trying to make it “the best year ever” can lead to stress, disappointment and hefty credit card bills. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Follow these three tips to cut the stress out of your holiday plans.
1. Watch your wallet.
When it comes to gift-giving, set a budget and stick with it, and draw names if you’re exchanging with your extended family.
2. Watch your workload.
Don’t wait until the last minute to shop or clean before company comes. Stay organized by making to-do lists and delegating tasks to others.
3. Watch your plate.
Eating high-fat foods leads to extra pounds—and that means added stress. So when you indulge, choose only your favorite holiday foods and keep the portions small. Continue to stick with your exercise routine throughout the holidays to keep your weight on track and relieve stress.
The holiday season can be stressful on your pocket and your waistline. Avoid over-booking yourself, and put your health first for a stress-free, enjoyable holiday season.
This content originally appeared in the December 2013 edition of Baylor Health Magazine.