We are now approaching that time when we want to do everything we have not done in the last eleven months in just a few days. We are accustom to accumulating activities and when we least expect we begin to get stressed up while trying to multitask to have everything done within that short time. If you are wondering of what am heading to, am simply trying to highlight handling holidays stress. The holidays and the stress that comes with them are around the corner if you were not aware. Truth be told, this is a very busy time of year. It comes with lots of activities like extra shopping, cooking, gatherings, and work related obligations… the list is endless. With all of these additional tasks all at the same time, the most common yet very important things we let slip are sleep and exercise; two things that rank as the best way to handling holidays stress.
Experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under Doctor Akoury’s care reports that many people actually gains weight over the holidays, with the increased stress. Doctor Dalal Akoury the founder of this facility (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) explains that Stress eating can be a major factor in weight gain. It normally sneaks in as grazing, night-time eating, extra snacking, or even binge eating. With any of these forms of stress eating, the food choices are likely to be unhealthy and the act of eating doesn’t satisfy the true needs of stress relief. So, how do you get through the holidays without putting on extra pounds?
Take a few minutes today to plan how you are going to maintain your weight loss or continue to lose over the holidays (handling holidays stress). Make sure that you plan for the whole season and then reduce it down to smaller segments by months, weeks, and days and in that plan include:
- Plan some stress relievers
- Plan your exercise
- Plan your meals
- Plan your treats
Remember that if you fail to plan, you are actually planning to fail; therefore desire to plan nothing but to succeed.
Think about what your major obligations are like for instance:
- Work and family get-togethers
- Parties or dinners with friends
- Holiday celebration
Don’t let these activities sneak up on you. Instead, put them on your schedule of events in your calendar now and make a list of what you need to do and how to prepare for these obligations and when you need to start undertaking them.
This is one of the major holidays headaches which when not properly addresses may cause you unnecessary stress. Therefore as a means of handling holidays stress, plan ahead when to shopping for gifts.
- Make a list of those people you’re buying for gifts
- Ensure that the gifts are within your budget
- Decide in good time what you want to buy for them
- Get to know where to get all these gifts
You can save time and money this way by not just wandering aimlessly through the shopping mall. And don’t wait until the last minute. Shopping on Christmas Eve is more stress than it’s worth.
Plan your exercise and stress relievers. Exercise doesn’t have to be 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights at the gym. For instance:
- Ten minutes of exercise three times a day is just as beneficial
- That might look like 10 minutes on the treadmill before work
- Another 10 minutes of climbing stairs at lunch and
- A final 10 minute walks with a friend in the evening
It can be walking through the neighborhood caroling with your family. It can be taking a stroll through the lights at the zoo. You could sign up for a 5k run or walk on almost any Saturday and even on Thanksgiving Day. Don’t forget that increased housework is increased activity as well. If you have guests coming, do an extra vacuuming for some additional calorie burn. All these done will go a long way in helping in handling holidays stress and weight gain effectively without much straining.
Stress relief definitely comes from exercising, but also from relaxing and sleeping. Make sure your schedule you allocate for some time each week with no obligations. Use those nights to get to bed early so you are refreshed for the next day.
Lastly, plan your food. During the holidays, there is an over-abundance of high sugar, high fat and high calorie foods. Many are very tasty, but probably not all are your favorites. If there is a special treat or dish that you only get this time of year, have a small serving of it, but don’t waste your treat on high calorie foods that you don’t enjoy or may have during other times of the year. And make the next meal or snack extra healthy that day; maybe even add in an extra 10 minutes to exercise to compensate for the added calories.
Finally remember, the holidays have special meaning and shouldn’t be stressful. Plan to avoid stress and be successful with your weight loss goals and you will have even more to celebrate. In case of any difficulties and you feel you are struggling with handling holidays stress, you may consult with doctor Dalal Akoury for her professional input and this will be very helpful for you and your family. Remember that doctor Akoury is offering her exclusive NER Recovery Treatment to everyone including other physicians and health care professionals through training, clinical apprenticeships, webinars and seminars. You can become part of the many success stories emanating from those people who have passed through her care by scheduling for an appointment with her today.