5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

As much as I love the Christmas holidays, they can quickly snowball from love and joy to stress and anxiety. Being with your relatives for days on end can be a tad trying, plus there’s food stress, and the pressure to be Christmassy for the duration.  So I guess my question is how the hell am I going to keep my shit together over the holidays?
Thankfully I gave this a lot of thought and came up with my own personal game plan:
  1. I’m going to run. Or at the very least, get out of the house every day. I honestly don’t know if my physio will let me run at this point; it all depends on the progress we make with my injury. But thankfully, my family now has a puppy, and that puppy needs walking several times a day. So here’s to me and Shady, donning Christmas jumpers and going on adventures.
  2. I’ll try to keep balance. I’ll be eating my veggies, drinking plenty of water and limiting my alcohol intake (no small feat at my family’s house over Christmas). But if I’m being honest, veggies make me feel good, and wine makes me feel kinda bad, so it’s not a horrific scenario, all things considered.
  3. I’ll be indulging when I want to. As with every Christmas, there’ll be a carousel of chocolates, turkish delight, and cheeses being circulated. I won’t be beating myself up for eating them.
  4. I’ll be practicing gratitude. A few months ago I’d have killed to be back in the warm bosom of my family home, watching shit TV and drinking tea. And so I’ll be trying to remember this even when things do get a little hectic.
  5. I’ll have wifi. When all else fails, I have my own room, and I have wifi. So there’s that!
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Don’t get me wrong; I don’t mean to sound at all ungrateful. I am so grateful to be able to spend Christmas with my family, my extended family, and my dog. But ya know, sometimes these things can get a bit stressful, and it’s good to have a game plan!
What’s your top tip for a stress-free holiday season?
Lots of love,

12 thoughts on “5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays”

  1. Sounds like good advice to me!! I don’t have much time off work – so the holidays are pretty much business as usual. It’s nice to have some extra time with family, but it’s also nice to keep to a healthy routine!

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  2. All sounds good! Happily, my niece will be around to go running with, though she’s a lot faster than me. Off for an early morning swim on Christmas day, so will have an incentive to take it easy on the vino and beer. For once I won’t be the only veggie at the table as another of my nieces will be at Xmas dinner. Hoping to ramp up the running a bit as should be getting into marathon mode now for April, now that my cuts are healing. Hope you have a good one.

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  3. Ha! I love the wifi tip. I’m excited to visit my family for Christmas, but a little nervous because I will be there over a week which is the longest I’ve stayed with my parents since I was in college.

    Wifi and Netflix are good emergency plans, though. 🙂


  4. I’ve been trying to do a bit more yoga – especially when I am feeling a bit stressed or beating myself up for not having the time to workout. This way I get a bit of a workout but I focus on me, my breathing, and finding my inner gratitude again. Sometimes even a simple child’s pose for 2-3 minutes is enough to make a big difference in my outlook and stress level.

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  5. I had to do the family thing growing up and now that I’m married and in a different city, we stay home–just our little family, and it’s absolutely amazing. We invite extended family to join us but they don’t want to drive to us which I don’t mind them not wanting to at all 😀

    Hope you have a happy holiday!!

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