Tips for Happier Holidays
[Dr. John Pelizza]Managing Seasonal Stress
John Pelizza, Ph.D., associate professor of health education, offers helpful tips to stay mentally fit during the holiday season.
- Spend time by yourself and be grateful for what you have and stop focusing on what don’t have.
- Help someone who is less fortunate than you.
- Spend as much quality time with the people you love.
- Keep exercising during the holiday season. Exercise will help prevent and manage stress.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, especially at holiday parties. Reduce your intake of fats and sugars.
- Remember, it’s OK if you don’t attend every holiday party and everything doesn’t have to be perfect!
[Dr. Nina Marinello]Healthy Eating Suggestions
Nina Marinello, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of nutrition, shares ways to maintain your healthy eating habits during the holiday season.
- During the holidays it helps to be a picky eater. Eat only your favorite treats and savor every bite.
- Don’t starve yourself all day because you want to save calories, you’ll only eat more at the party. Have lighter meals during the day and be sure to include some protein.
- If you can’t resist tasting all the tempting foods, just take two bites. That’s usually enough to satisfy the craving.
- Use vegetables and salad to fill at least ¾ of your plate, then fill the rest with whatever you want.
- Keep track of what you didn’t eat. If you had two cookies instead of six, jot it down to help you reaffirm your willpower.
[Cylon George]Spirituality During the Holiday Season
Cylon George, chaplain at Sage's Spirituality Center, offers perspectives on making the holidays meaningful.
- Take time to be truly present to those you love during the holidays, even as you frantically search for that perfect gift for a loved one.
- Take some time out for quiet reflection, prayer or meditation to help ease the stress of the holidays.
- Take the time to enter deeply into your own religious, spiritual or other sacred holiday traditions.