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Surviving the Holidays

Updated: Nov 21, 2021

The holidays are quickly approaching! For many it's a time of happiness and joy, but for others it is a time of going into survival mode. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.


Check out my Wellness Wednesday segment on Surviving the Holidays that provides more information and exercises you can do.


It's important to savor moments of mindfulness. We are quick to give our time and energy that we can end up feeling completely depleted afterwards. As you go through this holiday season, take the time each day to check in with yourself.


Some helpful check in questions that you can ask yourself:

  • How am I feeling right now?

  • Where do I feel stress, pain or sadness right now?

  • What is my body telling me that I need?

  • What would actively strengthen my physical, emotional and spiritual health?

  • What do I need today? How can I ensure that my needs — emotionally, physically, and spiritually — are met?

  • When can I make time for exercise in my day, even if it’s just a short walk?

  • What is planned this evening and how can I ensure that I get enough sleep — even if that means not everything on the to-do list gets done or that I have to disappoint someone by not being able to connect socially before the holidays.

  • What does my success around food over the holiday look like? What will be my greatest challenges re: food and how can I circumvent them? I then make a plan.


1 Hour of Me Time:

  • Read an article or book at least 30 minutes a day.

  • Sleep, sleep and sleep some more.

  • Write down your affirmations.

  • Unplug from social media.

  • Take a bath with essential oils.

  • Go for a walk or hike.

  • Breathe deeply: It helps center the mind and calm the nervous system.

  • Keep A GRATITUDE JOURNAL


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