It seems like just yesterday we were getting the kids ready for school and soaking in the summer sunshine. It’s hard to believe November is upon us! Pumpkin spiced everything, cooler temperatures, and holiday planning are on the schedule, making this time of year especially stressful.

We offer the following tips to de-stress through the holidays:

  1. Breathe deeply. All too often – even when it’s not the holiday season – we forget to take time for ourselves. Breathing deeply will recharge your energy. Even if it’s in the car waiting for the kids or on your way to the grocery store for holiday baking supplies, taking time to focus on your breath will help re-focus your mind.
  2. Natural remedy. Essential oils aren’t a new trend. In fact, they have been used as a natural remedy for a variety of conditions for centuries. A little peppermint on your temples can relieve a headache or a dab of orange zest can revive you, even in the most stressful times of year.
  3. Keep moving. The average American gains at least two pounds every year between Halloween and New Year’s and most of us don’t lose it. That means we’re gaining at least a couple pounds each year! As you’re taking care of holiday cooking, shopping, and party planning, remember to stick to a healthy routine that includes exercise. Park farther away from the store. Take the stairs. Grab a friend and go for a walk. Work your exercise into your busy schedule and avoid the holiday weight gain.
  4. Plan ahead. Start buying non-perishable or frozen food for the holidays when you see it on sale rather than waiting until the last minute. The same holds true for holiday gifts and party supplies. You will not only save yourself money, but also the stress of trying to find what you want or need at the last minute.
  5. Mindful eating. Many of us eat the wrong foods when we’re stressed out, tired, and hungry. Keep a protein-filled snack like almonds in your bag when you’re out holiday shopping. Drink a glass of water and have a snack that includes protein before heading to a party to prevent overeating. A bit of preparation can prevent holiday weight gain and keep you feeling energetic and de-stressed.

Here’s to your health through the holidays!