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We are upon the most wonderful time of the year.  For many who plan to host family and friends during the holidays, this time of the year can be extremely stressful.  Even if you are not playing host, traveling, or purchasing gifts, other holiday activities can bring on additional stress.  We all know that stress is not good for weight-loss nor for the body no matter what time of the year we are in.  And around the holidays, it is important to stay on track in order to achieve and maintain effective weight-loss.  Here are a few tips that will help you manage stress effectively during the holidays.

Have a Holiday Plan: If you have not already developed a holiday plan, now is the perfect time to do so.  Create a comprehensive to-do list that includes everything you need to make happen during the season.  This list should include holiday meals, shopping for gifts, family activities, etc.  Check off the tasks as they are completed to help keep you motivated.

Be Selective: There are so many parties, activities, and gatherings during the holidays.  While connecting with friends and family is usually very enjoyable for most, bouncing from place to place without really enjoying the people there is not.  Be sure to accept invitations to events that you really see the value in attending.  It is also important to be selective with purchases as well.

Eat Healthy and Exercise: Stress of any kind during any time of the year may contribute to breaking good habits and developing negative patterns.  You cannot change the inevitable barrage of unhealthy food options everywhere you look, but you can be prepared for it.  Meal planning is key to effective weight-loss and is a must during the holidays.  Always make the time to get in exercise.  Even if you have to schedule it, be sure to make it a priority.

Focus on Spreading Joy: During the holiday season, the world is inspired to love one another.  Make time to bond with your family, give to charitable causes, and help those in need.  Take time to personalize handmade gifts with the family.  Create and participate in new and old family holiday traditions.  Focusing on the joy of the holidays and the role you play in spreading that joy, will help keep things in perspective and help minimize stress.

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