Long lines, family gatherings, and forced joy can create anxiety, worry, and stress during the holiday season. Along with too much caffeine, wine, and of course, sugar, you’ve got a surefire formula to keep your stress hormone cortisol ramped up all day, breaking down muscle and storing fat.
Find your center of calm: meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or just walking your dog around the block can provide momentary bliss during the frantic season.
It sounds cliche' but words often become cliche' because they are true...take time to appreciate the joys of the holiday season. Think about what is most meaningful to you...take extra time in wrapping gifts or preparing a holiday meal....savor a mug of hot cider....play holiday music...heck, wear jingle bells on your shoes if it makes you smile! The point is, find the pieces of the season that bring YOU joy and do more of those!