1. Take a minute. Between the hustle and bustle of holiday travel, parties and preparation, remember to center yourself. Take a minute by yourself, breathe and regain control. Enjoy the holidays and all that goes into them, but take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually. Overdoing it will not pay off and trust me, everyone will forgive you if you go to bed early and skip that last sip of holiday cheer (or beer).
2. Remember, it is not all about the gifts. Sometimes we get so caught up in buying our friends and family the perfect gift that we lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Perhaps you're not a religious type and that's cool, but we must keep in mind that the meaning of the holidays is really togetherness and love. If you can't find the perfect sweater for your super picky mother-in-law, life will go on. Buy a gift receipt and deal with it. Styles come and go, but cheerful memories will always be in fashion.
3. Give people a break. Reuniting with family or in-laws that you haven't seen in a while, by choice or circumstance can be overwhelming. You may not agree with everything they say or do, but accept them for what they bring to the table and let it go. Respond to them from a place of love and acceptance and keep in mind that despite your differences, you are together at the holidays for a reason. Leave the negativity outside.
4. Hold on to your habits (the good ones!). Overdoing it on food, alcohol and treats is very common around the holidays. People often forgive themselves for over consumption at this time of year, but that does not mean your body does! Treat your body right, eat and drink in moderation and get in some physical activity when possible. Can't make it to the gym while traveling? Take a walk with a relative you haven't seen in awhile, shop like crazy for last minute gifts or maybe dress up like santa baby and head to bed early on Christmas Eve ;)
5. Forgive. This tip will prepare you to handle your loved ones but will also set you up for a healthy and happy New Year. Leave the negative energy in the past and let it all go. Being angry, resentful or unforgiving only hurts you. If you do decide to forgive someone, be sure that you have fully forgiven them. Do not bring up past issues over and over again, let it go and move on. 'Tis the season to start fresh.