From the Editor…Karen Giblin Happy Holidays from our team at Red Hot Mamas

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: December 16, 2020

“Love the giver more than the gift.”

– Brigham Young

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

Happy Holidays from our team at Red Hot Mamas!

Holidays are a time to celebrate but this year things may look a lot different than last year. In our household we won’t be celebrating with our family members. It will just be with my spouse and dog. So our traditions have definitely changed due to COVID.

The holidays for me have always brought with it great stress. Many of you probably feel the same way. We all are juggling buying those thoughtful gifts for your family members. And, probably we are doing this on-line which can be exhausting. A lot of us are finishing up that end-of-year work which we are doing from our homes, and we are decorating our homes for the holiday season, all at once.

It’s important that we not forget our health. We all know that self-care is vital year round, but it’s even more important during this year’s stressful holiday season. You may need a little extra self-care.

So, what steps can we take to ensure that we will feel our best now and into the fresh new year ahead of us? Here are a few ways to do so:

  • Manage stress by giving yourself a break. Moderation in all that you do should be your mantra. Avoid taking on too much as you will become stressed and fatigued. And, stop trying to be a perfectionist. Perfectionists bring on a lot of internal stress and unlimited worries. Try meditating, deep-breathing exercises, yoga, writing in a journal, and taking time out just for yourself.
  • Keep yourself organized. Make lists so you won’t feel stressed about having to do things at the last minute.
  • If your money resources are drained, its best to stick to your budget to maintain peace of mind. Not sticking to your budget certainly will bring on feelings of anxiety. You truly don’t have to buy an avalanche of gifts. You can even give your family homemade gifts as an alternative. Just decide on how much money you can actually afford to spend.
  • Take advantage of online shopping, free shipping, discounts, suggestion lists can ease holiday stress

Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Establish healthy habits:

  • Eat healthy meals. Choose your indulgences carefully. Be cognizant of what you eat and steer away from all those holiday goodies. Keep them out of your reach. And, remember that a post meal walk will burn calories!
  • Include regular physical activity in your daily routine. Maintain an exercise program. Just keep moving! Be active at least 2 ½ hours a week.
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Avoid excess alcohol use

I wish you peace and joy during the holiday. Please stay in the spirit of the season with good health. Happy Holidays.

Good health to you all,

Karen Giblin