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Never Fear, Be the Holiday Hero this Year!

by Lindsey Sexton - October 13, 2023

As exciting as they may be, the holidays seem to bring a little extra stress to our lives. Starting in October with that first Halloween candy binge, we feast our way through the holidays ignoring our internal cues for hunger and fullness.

Here are a few ideas to help you get off to a good start this holiday season.

  1. Start planning holiday spending early. Think ahead to the expenses you will incur. Set a budget for those expenses and stick to it.

  2. Consider starting a new tradition in your neighborhood as an alternative to Trick or Treating:
    • Walk from house to house, admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.
    • Go on an outdoor Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
    • Hold an outdoor costume parade (spacing each family 6 feet apart) so everyone can show off their costumes.
    • Host an outdoor Halloween movie night with friends or neighbors so everyone can spread out and enjoy good company.
  3. Have a plan for family meals and gatherings. Holiday binging is often uncomfortable and ongoing from October through December. Plan to have a few bites of your favorites knowing that you’ll be able to have the same foods just about any other time throughout the holidays. This will lessen the “get it while you can” urge. During the holidays, it might be difficult to pay attention to our internal cues of hunger and fullness, but being aware of these feelings/cues will help us stay healthier in the long run, beyond the holidays and celebrations.

  4. Build in time for your favorite physical activity. The holidays typically pull our focus toward others so try to remember to take a bit of time for yourself and your health. A quick walk can help you shake off any holiday angst or help you pep up when you're feeling a bit tired.