Simplify – it is easy to keep adding events and tasks to your “To Do” list. The first approach is to consider removing items from the list. If that is not enough, or not possible, can you ask someone else to help you or take over next year? And if you really have to be the one to do it, can you cut back on what it takes to finish the task? For example, do you really need four batches of cookies when half of them went uneaten this year?
Prioritize – did you allow enough time to take care of work, school and home? Consider what you did and what you waited to do. Was there enough time to take care of the day to day tasks? For example, maybe you were able to delay that oil change but you wish you had not ignored that pesky “check engine” light.
Laugh often – if it still feels like too much, have yourself a good laugh. Laughing relieves stress and removes tension from your muscles. It also builds your immune system. Nothing to laugh at? The body cannot tell the difference between a real and voluntary laugh. You will get the same benefits. So go ahead and start practicing now for a healthier and enjoyable 2018 Holiday season!
-Cathy Mullooly, Diabetes and Exercise Consultant at Dedham Health