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Tips to Rise Above the Holiday Funk!

If you’re not feeling holly or jolly during this holiday season, rest assured – you are not alone!  Dr. Hallowell talks about his own struggles with the holidays and provides advice on how to rise above the holiday funk in this week’s mini podcast: “Not Feeling Holly or Jolly.”

The holiday season can be a difficult time even when you love this time of the year. Between juggling work, holiday parties, tons of lists, chaos with kids and unpredictable surprises along the way, it’s enough to send even the calmest person into a panic.
It’s a never ending cycle of to-do lists that never get done, juggling acts that falter and expectations that fall short. So if your holiday schedule is on overload, give yourself permission to say, “NO” and follow some of Dr. Hallowell’s tips below to ease the holiday headache.

  • Shop smart and shop early. Last minute shopping is a big no. There’s too much pressure. So start as early as possible.
  • Make a list of people you need to buy for and don’t buy too many gifts for each person. That will keep the process from becoming too daunting.
  • If you feel the holidays have become too commercialized, follow Dr. Oz’s suggestion and make a gift instead of buying one.
  • Create a schedule of events and don’t over schedule. That will help you stay on task.
  • Get enough rest. That will help you stay focused.
  • Carve out time to exercise or have some quiet time to yourself. The downtime will really help when you’re in crunch time.
  • Keep up with your regimen during the holidays and be vigilant about it.

The holidays are not the time to try something new. They are the time to stick with what’s tried and true. That will help ensure that you’re at your best this holiday season and you enjoy yourself. Remember to take time and savor the joy of the moment.

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