Does holiday stress suck the joy out of what should be the most fun and festive time of the year?
Here are a few tips to update your routine to make your mental and physical health the priority.
This year, try these strategies for a holiday list that promotes health and joy:
If it’s not the holiday without cookies, invite a couple of close friends over for a casual baking date or a cookie exchange. A friendly, low-stakes, get-together can provide a calm oasis on a hectic day.
For a must-have holiday party, go strictly potluck. You can take on the main and outsource everything else to your invitees, including the set-up and clean-up!
Are you still sending cards to your former hairdresser’s cousin or that one guy you worked with 15 years ago? Audit and trim your recipient list. Take things even further by stripping things down to the handful of people who will be notably disappointed or, heaven forbid, feel slighted if they don’t receive your card.
Tech savvy, or have someone nearby that can help? Skip the paper and post office altogether by recording a holiday message you can send via text or email.
Services like Google Photos and Amazon Photos can make it relatively painless to share your video or holiday pic with all of your contacts.
Many retailers, including your local Rite Aid, offer buy-online, curbside pick-up this can let you fill your basket, skip the line, and save valuable time.
Love turkey, but hate the process and are willing to make some extra room in your fridge? You can drastically cut down your cook time AND avoid dry breast meat by spatchcocking (butterflying) your bird.
Sure you lose the classic turkey profile, but you’ll also lose a lot of the hassle.
Try this recipe for butterflied and dry-brined roast turkey from the Food Network.
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“Take Some of the Stress Out of the Holidays.” American Diabetes Association. www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/tips/2012-12/taking-some-of-the-stress-out.html.