Remember that by really relaxing these holidays, you'll help your body and mind recharge. In turn, this has a hugely positive impact on both your physical and mental health.
5. Life's messy, live happy Disappointment only comes when you argue with the reality of the holiday line-up on your calendar
Almost from the entrance, I could see the tree lights flashing from white to colored -- back and forth -- the grand kids would love this! How could I have even considered not getting a tree? What was I, Scrooge? Think of the delight on my little grandson's face! And after all, I already had the ornaments.
While there's no easy secret recipe to handling difficult rel's (besides never seeing them), I've developed a few strategies over the years that have helped carry me through family gatherings without losing my "merry."
It's the biggest holiday of the year for most of us, a time of joy and celebration, and yet also a time of emotional anxiety - the mad rush of last minute shopping, frustration, frayed nerves, family conflict, obligation, and overeating.
If you do holidays in a way that is consistent with what's important to you (e.g., family connection), and not what's important to society (e.g., the perfect decorations, presents, or meal), this will help you eliminate a lot of unnecessary stress.
We strive to create an atmosphere of warmth and excitement that will stay with our kids forever, as if the quality of their Christmas memories is going on our Permanent Record. It's a 25-day photo op, and the stakes are high.
"Happy Holidays!" "Happy Hanukkah!" Even in our greetings, this time of year come with a lot of expectations. For many families, the "happy" and "merry" expectations can cause great stress and anxiety -- not just for you as an adult, but for your children, too.
As we find ourselves in the holiday season, too many of us find that we are in a time of year when rushing around with too much to do is commonplace. We are working, running errands, dropping off kids and grandkids (even dogs at 'doggy daycare') all the while answering cell phones with computers blinking at us in the background. It's exhausting!
See the full conversation about managing stress during the holidays at HuffPost Live HERE. The parties, the family gatherings
Whether consciously or not, the holidays are filled with situations in which we feel socially evaluated by others, and assessed by our ability to give others what they want -- materially and emotionally.
By Laura McMullen for U.S. News Health With any luck, your holiday won't be filled with quite as many cringe-worthy catastrophes
Milk will be spilled, dresses will get dirty but if we're all lucky, it'll be a sugar-fueled fest to remember. I'm not advocating sloppy eating habits forever, just a break from helicoptering in the kitchen until Dec. 26
'Tis the season to be stressed -- but you don't have to lose your cool over that parking spot at the mall. In the next few
Sipping hot cocoa can be good for you.
Every time I turn on the TV, I'm reminded of the myth of Christmas perfection. I see a mother with make-up on baking cookies in the kitchen with her well-behaved children. Her home glows. Her tree glows. She glows. I know it's all part of a well-orchestrated fantasy directed by ad executives and retail kings, but still, I can't help but compare.
10. A real Christmas tree. 25. Taking the lights down promptly. 18. Preparing a 100 percent traditional meal. Between buying
The holidays are for spending quality time with people you love -- gathering together to share meals, open gifts, attend