10 tips on surviving the holidays: Your support guide!

I have always loved the Christmas hol­i­days. I have always loved the Christmas hol­i­days. I have always loved the Christmas hol­i­days.

If I sound like I am try­ing to con­vince myself, I am. Don’t mis­un­der­stand. I am not Scrooge. I have always liked Christmas, and loved the hol­i­days when I was a child and I did not need to do any­thing, be any­where, and smile while doing it! Does this sound famil­i­ar? I am sure it does. So how do you pre­vent your­self from hav­ing a Clark Griswald break­down over the hol­i­day sea­son?

Don’t let this be you!
  1. Turn off your radio or turn on your iPod. There are only so many car­ols one can hear before Christmas actu­ally arrives. Some artists really did not need to record the 81st rendi­tion of “It’s cold out­side”, singing very, very flat while doing so!
  2. Rather than writ­ing Christmas/​Hanukkah/​Eid greet­ings cards, why not send an e‑mail? You can still per­son­al­ize slightly and get the point across. Plus, it saves trees.
  3. Buy gifts online, or reduce what you actu­ally need to pur­chase. North America is highly com­mer­cial, and hon­estly, do you really need all of the items advert­ised on TV? You don’t, and you know it. If you can con­vince your fam­ily and friends not to go crazy with spend­ing sprees, you will not only save yourselves time and money but san­ity not going to the mall. Or, if you have cer­tain tasks to achieve, try to split up the respons­ib­il­it­ies. Divide and con­quer!
  4. Say no to every hol­i­day event. Well, I’m sure you would love to, but only say yes to the hol­i­day events you can actu­ally attend, or think you won’t have to con­vince your­self to attend and not be sulk­ing in the corner. Your loved ones would much rather see you in a good mood than pick­ing a fight because you are just too exhausted. If you need to revise this list over the course of the hol­i­days if you become ill or are too tired to go, allow your­self to check-in to do what you can phys­ic­ally achieve.
  5. If you must go out to sev­er­al events, remem­ber to occa­sion­ally leave the room or go for a little break out­side (no, this is not a smoking break!). Sometimes not all of the people in our fam­il­ies bring out the best in us, and it is okay to not always see eye-to-eye, that is what makes you unique people. You are not forced to spend abso­lutely every minute in one another­’s pres­ence! Taking a breath­er can be a good thing.
  6. As comedi­an Louis CK points out, “The meal’s not over when I’m full, it’s over when I hate myself”, and by the end of the hol­i­days you may regret this choice for a num­ber of reas­ons, but most of all you will just feel revolt­ing. Everyone over­in­dulges at times; just try to con­sider the con­sequences to those actions.
  7. Cut down on the sug­ar. It is a not a food group.
  8. Cut down on the caf­feine. It is not a food group.
  9. Be con­scious of your alco­hol intake. If you are imbib­ing, con­sider drink­ing some milk thistle tea (see earli­er posts). Be nice to your liv­er. Above all, please do not drink and drive. Let’s be sure every­one has a happy few weeks.
  10. Remember that this is time for you and your fam­ily (whomever they are, bio­lo­gic­al or not), and try to find a few happy things to do togeth­er over the few days off. Skating, hot chocol­ate, read­ing, sleep­ing… com­ing back refreshed will make you feel much more able to tackle 2012 head-on. Laughter is the best medi­cine, and so be sure to do a lot of that!

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