Your ultimate guide for thriving this holiday

It’s that time of year again, and we know the feelings that come along with the holiday season all too well. Why is it that the most wonderful time of the year is also the most stressful? Perhaps because we’re busy cooking the food, buying the presents, setting up the tree and anxious about seeing certain family members.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ll make sure you don’t have to compromise your sanity for anyone or any time of year.

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You can beat a cold ASAP.

Try bone broth and chicken soup: Make it from scratch with organic free range chicken bones and veggies. Bone broth is great at healing the immune system. It’s full of collagen and amino acids like lysine, glycine, leucine which all help rebuild the gut lining and improve symptoms that cause achy body and the sniffles.

Try probiotics: Your gut bacteria regulates your immune system. You can get probiotics through fermented foods like kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, miso soup, and kombucha.

Try natural supplements: Both Echinacea and vitamin C have been shown to reduce the duration and severity of a cold up to 30%. Maca is filled with vitamin C and astragalus is both antibacterial and antiviral. You can add these to tea or smoothies or even sprinkled on top of food. Getting rid of toxins provides your body with the best environment for your immune system to thrive.

Prevent holiday burnout.

You can still maintain your sanity while getting everything done during this busy time of year. Productivity wiz Maura Thomas shares her holistic approach to time and attention management.

1) Eliminate mental clutter and sleep better

Grab a piece of paper and a pen and try “stream of consciousness” writing. Just write whatever comes to you. If we clear our mind of the minutiae, the “good stuff” often appears. This is also a great technique to use before bed if you have trouble sleeping.

2) Spend time single-tasking

If you’re always distracted, you’ll get used to being always distracted, and you’ll find yourself bored in the “quiet times.” And as a result, you’ll unintentionally seek out the distraction. Spend time single-tasking, working on the things that are important to you.

3) Practice Stillness

Instead of trying to pack “doing” into every moment of your day, recognize that sometimes the most productive thing you can do is be still. Instead of reaching for your phone in any pause of activity – like waiting in line – take a mental break and let your mind wander.

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A holiday workout plan can help you stay fit and sane.

When bored you are less likely to stick with your exercise program. By diversifying your workouts you avoid boredom and will choose the gym over your cozy bed during the cold season.

  • If you like doing cardio, alternate between longer workouts at a steady pace and shorter workouts. You can also vary the type of cardio. Choose a rowing machine instead of a bike. Walk outside instead of on a treadmill.
  • More of a strength training fan? Pick up lighter weights, but go for higher reps during one session, and heavier weights with fewer reps in another. Don’t shy away from kettlebells, resistance bands, or suspension trainers to spice up your routine.

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There’s no need to even spend tons of money.

You won’t splurge during the holiday season as long as you stay disciplined with your financial goals.

1) Make a list and create a fixed budget for any gifts you intend to buy for your friends and family or for yourself.

2) Christmas and right after the holidays are the best times to buy gifts.

3) Build your holiday season budget into your existing budget so you know exactly how much you need to put away between now and then. Including your holiday budget will also allow you to see the bigger picture of how much you are spending overall.

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Making lists can bring you peace of mind.

Writing these 4 types of lists will help you solve your greatest holiday worries.

  • Lists that clarify your concerns
  • Lists that help equip you for public conversation
  • Lists that enrich relationships
  • Lists that permit you to play

Yes, you can still survive the holiday’s living the ‘single life’.

You might be hesitant to date around this time of the year. The pressure of buying gifts, meeting families or not knowing if it’s too soon to spend New Year’s Eve together are all legit concerns. “But if you want to find love, you have to be proactive,” said dating expert Anita Chlipala.

Listen to Chlipala explain what she does to stay sane as a single person from Christmas to New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. Hint: she doesn’t stay in watching Netflix and gorging on ice cream.

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