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Manage holiday stress with these simple tips

The holiday season can be equal parts joyful and stressful. From long to-do lists to strained family relationships and the desire to create the “perfect” holiday, we often put too much pressure on ourselves.

When we feel stress, we increase our risk for stress-induced eating. Jessi Boehme, a registered dietitian at Mary Free Bed, has some tips to help you cope:

  • Focus on what you’re grateful for.
  • Practice deep breathing whenever you feel overwhelmed.
  • Keep up your exercise routine.
  • Remind yourself to do one thing at a time.
  • Don’t abandon your healthy habits, even on holiday celebration days.
  • Remember – you cannot do more than your best.
  • Say “no” more often.
  • Create a holiday-season schedule, and prioritize everything you need to get done.
  • Reduce your expectations. Aim for progress, not perfection.
  • If you’re alone during the holidays, pamper yourself and find a way to help others who are less fortunate. This may help reduce your loneliness and enrich your life at the same time.
  • Do something you enjoy. Having fun is a great way to reduce stress!

Want a more personalized approach to the holidays or help to stay on track? Check out a free informational session offered by Mary Free Bed’s Weight Management Program, and let us help you set and reach your healthy lifestyle goals.

We also offer Outpatient Nutrition Services, which include one-on-one sessions with experts who can help you meet your wellness goals.


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