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Managing Stress through the Holidays:


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I am on the Biggest Loser Winter Challenge, Diamonds Team. Our challenge this week is to write a blog on 3 ways that we manage our stress during the Holidays. emoticon


Managing Stress through the Holidays:

1. Don't throw Health out the window – The holiday is not a free-for-all for overindulging, and then later feeling guilty & stressed out about it. Either allow for treats and set your limits ahead of time and stick to it, or decide ahead of time that you are going to indulge & just not going to stress it, with a plan to get back on track. For me personally, it will be about balance. It is unrealistic to think I will avoid everything, but I will be mindful of my choices (like at parties) and try to make extra good choices when I am able (like at home) I also am going to do my best to keep it all out of my house.

2. Plan ahead - Have a plan (dates & lists) for things like baking, shopping, cooking w/planned menu & identify those things you can prepare ahead of time. There will always be last minute surprises, so I try to plan for and manage those things that I can as best as I can, so the unplanned things don't totally stress me out. The more prepared I am, the better.

3. Stick to a budget – For gift giving and for holiday meals & party foods. Again, it all goes back to planning. Knowing your budget limits and update regularly, helps to not feel so stressed and out of control.

Most of these fall into the same category of organization. Planning and organization. By doing these things ahead of time, you can be a position to better see where you might need to delegate, where you might need to say no, where you might need to cut back, etc.

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NELLJONES 12/25/2012 9:32AM

    I'm glad you added financial stress and how planning can help with that, too.

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IVYRAYNE 12/17/2012 5:42PM

    Here is some wonderful advice! Thanks for sharing.!

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PENNYLOU7 12/16/2012 2:53PM

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing. Planning with flexibility. Nice balance.

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TSCHIDA27 12/15/2012 8:07AM

    Great ideas! I never would've thought about making a budget but I can see how it would help with the stress of shopping for others. emoticon

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RUTHIEBEAR 12/14/2012 1:19PM

    An excellent plan. I know how strong Diamonds are so I know we can do this! emoticon

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FORBANDE 12/14/2012 5:45AM

    Great tips! I think you are sooo right with the don't throw health out the window. Thanks for sharing!

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JUMPINJULIE 12/14/2012 2:49AM

    They all sound great to me. I will probably not count calories on christmas and such becaue i don't want to be stressed but i will make reasonable chocies. emoticon

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SPARKLINGME176 12/13/2012 8:58PM

    Really great ideas!

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AMY-MIMI77 12/13/2012 6:50PM

    More great ideas
DIAMOND GIRLS ROCK

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AMANDACOETZER 12/13/2012 3:40PM

    Very nice, thanks!

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68ANNE 12/13/2012 1:24PM

    I'm one of those stress ball people. I sit with one at work and destress one squeeze at a time!

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HOPE4LOSS1 12/13/2012 11:59AM

    Really appreciate you writing out your ways to manage stress. Super helpful!
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STELLASMYBEBE 12/13/2012 10:54AM

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K-GETTING-FIT 12/13/2012 7:48AM

    Great plan and actually something we should all follow throughout the year:) Here's to having a stress free holiday!

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DEBRA0818 12/13/2012 6:17AM

    I may not have the best macro nutrient balance, but I'm trying to stick within a maintenance calorie range by eating small portions of normal meals and treats too. It's a hard season to get through for a sweets eater.

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MOONSTORMER 12/13/2012 12:32AM

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ORCHIDLADY56 12/12/2012 10:23PM

    I am the worst about delegating. I think that is a wonderful thought for beating stress - let others help!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/12/2012 9:56PM

    Do I need to listen to this advice or what. LOL.

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LOOZINITNOW 12/12/2012 9:28PM

    Wonderful list! emoticon

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LOSTLIME 12/12/2012 8:59PM

    Nice suggestions!

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VALYNN26 12/12/2012 7:41PM

    Great ideas! emoticon

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CLPURNELL 12/12/2012 7:36PM

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SASSYLJB 12/12/2012 7:34PM

    Melinda, those are some wonderful ideas! I think I will be using some of them as well thanks for sharing! You are shinning Bright Diamond girl!

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SHANSHE 12/12/2012 7:01PM

    Cool! Great ideas!!!
Shan

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READYBETTY 12/12/2012 6:44PM

    I love your tips! Organization is a big payoff!

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CHRISTINASP 12/12/2012 5:36PM

    I really like nr. 1.

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SUPERTAM 12/12/2012 4:20PM

    emoticon I'm so glad to see your team's blogs concerning holiday stress, which has affected me this year. This info has been very helpful! emoticon emoticon

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ESILBO 12/12/2012 4:12PM

    GREAT IDEAS emoticon

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KELTIC-CARA 12/12/2012 3:49PM

    Love the 'Don't throw Health out the window – The holiday is not a free-for-all for overindulging, and then later feeling guilty & stressed out about it.' This is why I chose this month to do the sugar free month. I did not want to start the new year off wishing I had more control over the holidays. This year I do have more control and it is good. Planning and organising is really the key.

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WALKING_WONDER 12/12/2012 3:39PM

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing them with us!

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NORWOODGIRL 12/12/2012 3:17PM

    Excellent ideas! Thanks.

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KJELLYBEAN15 12/12/2012 2:15PM

    Sounds like you have it all planned out. That is something I need to work on. Thanks for the post.

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RIDMYCOCOON 12/12/2012 1:54PM

    These solid plans! emoticon

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PEZMOM1 12/12/2012 1:42PM

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JACKIE542 12/12/2012 12:58PM

    Very good ideas! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 12/12/2012 12:39PM

    Sounds good - hope it works for you.

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TORTISE110 12/12/2012 12:33PM

    Well done! This is a great summary of what it takes to keep to our Sparking over the holiday. Great post.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/12/2012 12:01PM

    that sounds like the best plan out there...Love it. Now, let's stick to it! LOL

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DIANER2014 12/12/2012 12:01PM

    Great way to manage stress! I'm going to use these! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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DALID414 12/12/2012 11:59AM

    Absolutely helps, thanks.

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SWANATOPIA 12/12/2012 11:57AM

    These are great ways to manage stress during the Holidays.

I am going to implement them today!

Thanks!

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MISSKELEBEK 12/12/2012 11:56AM

    These are easy and do able tips!!!!!! I had been stressing myself as I have been trying to get out and be more social but there seems to always be food at social funtions and then I thought to myself, I can budget in some with my calorie range and I try to stick to the more healthy ones too or if I feel I must, then I will try 1 treat if it is something I do not make at home ever or something new too me.

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