Stay Sane this Holiday Season

From the end of November to the beginning of January, most of us rush around nonstop, trying to fit in dozens of events, activities, and responsibilities. But it’s important to take care of yourself while you’re taking care of everyone else.

Here are a few take-care-of-you ideas:

Make a list and check it twice. Sit down (right now), and decide what is most important to you this holiday season, and prioritize those things. Remember that you can’t do it all.

Give yourself the gift of health. Get in some light exercise, be sure to drink lots of water, eat healthy foods, and avoid gorging on treats. Lastly, make a point to get enough sleep!

Go on a date … with yourself. To make sure you don’t become socially drained mid-season, make a point to do something by yourself every now and then.

Plan ahead. Start scheduling social engagements as soon as you become aware of them, and give yourself plenty of time to fulfill your own responsibilities.

Say no. You don’t have to chair every event, host every party, and buy every gift on your kids’ lists. Decide ahead of time what’s most important to you and prioritize those things.

Give yourself a gift (or two). Whether it’s an afternoon pedicure or a plush new robe to wear around the house during the chilly months, remember that it’s healthy to invest in yourself.