10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Stress

Whether it's going to family gatherings, missing loved ones from afar, managing financial responsibilities, gaining weight or dealing with last-minute work issues, holiday time can be extremely stressful.

But you can avoid stress and anxiety with a little organization, exercise and mental tricks. After all, this is a time for you to relax and enjoy all the festivities.

Mentally prepare yourself for all the chaos with these simple lifestyle tweaks.

10 Tips to Survive the Holidays

Eat Healthy

Whether you drive by a fast food restaurant or watch a commercial, the temptation of junk food is always present. But there is more temptation during the holiday season: Someone brings in extra cookies to work or there's extra comfort food at the holiday party. Before you know it, you've gained 5 pounds. Five pounds might not be that much, but think about it. If you gain 5 pounds every holiday season, that weight adds up over the years. Avoid the weight gain headache and lay off of the heavy food.

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Get Plenty of Sleep

According to the Mayo Clinic, adults should get 7 to 8 hours each night. Your sleep patterns should also stay pretty consistent each evening. Adequate sleep reduces stress. If you're stressed, you're more prone to gain weight. Make sure to schedule enough sleep to maintain your waistline.

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

Drinking too much can leave you dehydrated and also pack on the pounds. Enjoy everything in moderation. A champagne toast here or a glass of wine there, followed by plenty of water should do the trick.

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Stick to a Budget

There's no need to overspend on gifts, especially when the most important aspect of a present is the thought. If you're especially tight on cash this year, or you have a large amount of gifts to give, try to hand-make your gifts. Whether you give homemade, healthy cookies or a crafty, thoughtful work of art, the recipient will appreciate the thought and effort you put in to creating the present.

Do Your Shopping Online

Avoid busy crowds and shop in the comfort of your own home. Many times you can score great deals online. Not only can you compare items and prices, but you can also read customer reviews to determine if the item is worth purchasing. A lot of e-commerce sites offer free shipping during the holidays, which makes delivering straight to your door an easy and affordable option.

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About the Author

Jason Sheridan, owner of Sheridan Fencing Academy in New York City, coaches the 2013 Junior World Championship silver medalist, along with many of the other top fencers in the US. He specializes in developing high-level youth athletes by emphasizing the fun—and eliminating the monotony—in exercise and training.

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