I am not sure who ever said Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year,” but in my experience, it just isn’t. Each year I go in feeling cheerful and optimistic, but that usually lasts about as long as the Thanksgiving leftovers. Between the frigid temperatures, the excessive spending, the endless slew of holiday parties and way-too-much family time, I usually crawl into January feeling exhausted and frazzled, broke and alarmingly soft around the middle.
Do you have any advice for surviving the holiday season — preferably without my stress level soaring, my bank account plummeting or my weight climbing to all new and terrifying heights?
Bracing for the Holidays
Dear Bracing for the Holidays,
I totally relate!
Last December, I found myself in a similar frame of mind. It was just a week after Thanksgiving, but already I felt the pressure building. The December calendar was chock full of celebratory, supposedly fun events, but my mood was dreary and my body felt dumpy. Already.
So I did what any self-respecting life coach would do. I devised a plan.