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10 Tips for Thriving This Holiday Season

Usually the line is “I’m just trying to SURVIVE the holidays”, well today we’ve packed together 10 tips to help you not only SURVIVE but THRIVE this Holiday season.
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   If you’re attending a potluck, be the one to bring a healthier option so you know for sure there will be something good to eat.  Some simple and easy options are veggie trays, cocktail shrimp or chicken/beef skewers.
2
   Drink at least ½ your body weight in ounces of water every day.  That means if you weigh 150 lbs, aim for 75 oz. of water. 
3
   Schedule out some down time each day.  Even if it’s just 15 minutes to read, journal, meditate or do some yoga. 
4
         If you’re going out to eat, check out the menu online ahead of time.  This is a simple and effective strategy to help keep things in check when eating out.  Decide ahead of time what you’re going to order and stick to the plan once you arrive.  An added bonus, ask for the breadbasket to either be removed from the table or pass it down to the other side.
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     Commit to at least 30 minutes of physical activity every single day even when things get busy.  It doesn’t have to be a crazy intense workout; it can be as simple as taking the dog or a walk for doing some stretching at home.
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    Take time to pause and enjoy your meals.  It’s likely that over the holidays, you’ll be enjoying some good times with family or friends.  Take a moment to really enjoy the experience by putting more emphasis on your company than your meal.
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    Make a list of 12 amazing things that happened for each month of the year.  It sounds simple but this can be incredibly empowering when you see how much has happened over the last year!
8
 Send a gift to someone who would not be expecting to receive something from you.  It doesn’t have to be anything expensive or complicated.  Just something simple and sweet to let them know you’re thinking of them.
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           Plan to enjoy SOME things.  The holidays don’t have to be a free for all but they can be a time to enjoy some delicious treats.  Plan for them ahead of time so you don’t go overboard.  Choose either a glass of wine, a small slice or cake or whatever you feel you’ll really enjoy. 
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       Keep your stress levels down.  Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if the tree is perfect, your dress is new or the kids spilled on their outfits.  All that matters is enjoying the company you have and being thankful for what is.

YOUR BEST SELF, THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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