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11 Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress

How to Make Time for Yourself During This Busy Season

-- By Megan Patrick, Staff Writer

For many of us, the holidays are as stressful as they are fun. Starting with Halloween in October and going all the way until New Year's Day, these months are filled with special occasions, eating temptations and family obligations. When you add these things on top of time-consuming efforts to eat better and get more exercise, you can end up feeling frustrated and defeated. Here are 11 ways rethink how you manage the holidays so you can still have time for yourself.

1. Change Your Mindset. Of course, the holidays are a special time of year meant to celebrate friends and family, but we're not talking about a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence here. Christmas may come but once a year, but it comes every single year without fail. If you're too busy to participate in every party or family tradition this year, don't worry. There's always next year! This same kind of thinking can also help you make healthier decisions when it comes to holiday eating. Yes, your aunt's gingerbread cookies are delicious, but you can enjoy a couple every year instead of feeling like you have to eat the whole tin all at once. Sweet talk her into giving you the recipe, and, even if you never get around the baking them, you'll know that you can have your favorite treat anytime you want.

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