Resource Roundup: Tips for Overcoming Holiday Stress and Overeating

December 20, 2012

Tis the season of rum balls at the office and lots of holiday treats at home. All thoughts of sugar plums in the next two weeks will probably be followed in the New Year by obsessing over the five extra pounds you just picked up. Add to this the fact that the holidays are an incredibly busy time -- there are parties to attend, shopping to get done, and work to cram in as well.

So how can you head off the annual holiday weight gain and stress during this busy, food-filled time?

Here are 3 common holiday worries and tips for conquering them.

There’s so much tasty food, I just can’t help myself.

Buffets are ground zero for overeating – most people feel an obligation to sample everything.   Sampling is good, loading up may not be helpful.’s  A Survival Guide to Holiday Eating offers 21 tips help you avoid holiday weight gain.

I have so much shopping and planning to do; I can’t go to the gym.

The American Council on Exercise’s Top 10 Tips for Surviving the Holidays give us hope that we can stay active and toned even when we’re tempted to put that run off until tomorrow.  Of course, always consult with your physician before starting a new exercise program.

I’m overwhelmed and I have no time for me.

The holiday squeeze on our time can be overpowering and leave us feeling helpless.  All of the gifts to buy, meals to prepare, and out-of-town visitors may leave us wondering if we can survive until spring. The Mayo Clinic has several tips for coping with the holiday ups and downs of stress and depression.

I hope you can take the time to look for a few tasty buffet treats -- but not a helping of every item -- find the time for a treadmill run, and take some time out for yourself over the next few weeks.  You’ll feel better physically and emotionally when the holidays are finally over.

Leave a comment about how you eat healthy, get exercise, and manage your holiday stress.  I need all of the help I can find.