Everyone looks forward to the holiday season. But when it’s over we may feel a post season slump. Things didn’t go as well as expected, and it’s partly our own fault. Here’s how to avoid holiday regrets:
Do you control your appetite or does it control you? The holidays start on Thanksgiving and don’t end until Jan 2. Now is the time for some preventive maintenance. Start downsizing your body before the holidays even begin. This gives you some leeway if you eat too much pecan pie and stuffing.
One way to control your weight is to ignore those first signs of hunger. Don’t head for the frig as soon as you feel your stomach gnawing or growling. Drink a glass of water. Do some exercises–anything to get your mind on something else. And on the big day, try to avoid second servings.
Alcohol and relatives don’t always mix. Not everyone likes their in laws. If you’re a never Trumper, someone in the family probably likes him. Family gatherings are fertile grounds for disagreements over just about anything. The choice of restaurant, a loan that wasn’t paid back, grandpa’s will. The list goes on and on. You try to bite your tongue most of the time, but an extra glass of wine or a double scotch is apt to loosen it. . And before you know it, you’ve said something nasty and you can’t take it back. Know your limits. Don’t let too much alcohol ruin family harmony and leave you feeling ashamed of yourself.
It’s fine to give expensive presents if you can afford them. But don’t overspend. Who wants to be paying off Christmas bills at Easter time?
Don’t feel you must go home for Christmas. Ice and snow usually create hazardous conditions at least once during the season. No family wants to get a call that their loved ones have been in an accident. You can always celebrate a few days later when the roads have cleared.
Stay home if you’re sick. Don’ t push yourself to attend social gatherings or go to work. If you feel you’re coming down with something, you’re probably contagious. A bad virus infection can turn into pneumonia if you don’t stay in bed until you’re well. For your own sake, and the wellness of others, take care of yourself until you’re feeling healthy again.
Here’s hoping your holidays are full of happy memories, and no regrets!