Dec. 6, 2010
RDH eVillage Director Kristine Hodsdon offers suggestions for a balanced holiday.

From Halloween eve until Super Bowl Sunday, the holidays create lots of opportunities for anxiety. Here are 10 ideas to help keep you “balanced” this holiday season.

1. Take good care of yourself. Eat healthy, get plenty of rest, and exercise. Do those things that nurture you.

2. Make lists and set aside specific times to accomplish certain tasks. Prioritize. Consider scratching a few items off your list.

3. Ask for help. It’s more fun to do things together—from decorating the house to wrapping presents.

4. Make a budget and stick to it. No matter what, let this be the year that you don’t go into debt buying presents.

5. Shop by catalogue. Give gift certificates. Look for ways to make gift giving easier.

6. Share day care arrangements with friends and neighbors when the kids are out of school.

7. Remember to play. Have fun. Share special time with the children or other family members.

8. Make houseguests as self-sufficient as possible. Let them help. Don’t give up your own bed unless you must.

9. Consider alternatives to family gatherings. if they cause tension and anxiety. Plan well in advance and avoid last-minute surprises.

10. Take a walk. Breathe in the fresh air. Find a place to be quiet and restful. Go there often.

Kristine A. Hodsdon RDH, BS
Director, RDH eVillage