8 ways to keep your sanity during the stressful holiday season from Two Fit Moms

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The holidays don’t have to be unhealthy.

From finding the perfect present, to navigating crowded malls, to fighting over parking spots — the most wonderful time of the year has become anything but wonderful. In fact, it’s become way too stressful.

However, don’t let the stress of the season drag you down. There are small things that you can do to help create an enjoyable holiday season. We reached out to Bergen County’s own wellness gurus Two Fit Moms for their best tips on maintaining your sanity and actually enjoy a healthy holiday this year. And then go ahead and check out their gift guide!

1. Make a list

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Write your list and check it twice!

Keeping organized will do wonders for your frame of mind. Whether it’s gift giving or food shopping, write down everything you need. You will save tons of time by making lists — and it’s just too busy not to be organized.

2. Say no

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Don’t over book yourself.

You can’t do everything. Skip Breakfast with Santa or one of the five holiday parties on your calendar. Trust us, saying no is liberating. Now’s the time to try it!

3. Take a time out

Since you are skipping that holiday party, use the time to meditate. Set a daily intention. Take a few moments to clear your head. Don’t underestimate the power of peace of mind.

4. Don’t forget to exercise

#FollowYourDreamsWithTFM Day 13 Pose: Triangle From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward between your hands. Spin your back heel down so that your left toes point toward the left edge of your mat. Bring your torso up to vertical, and straighten your right leg. Glance down at your feet— an imaginary line drawn from the heel of your right foot would intersect the arch of your back foot. Reach forward toward the top edge of your yoga mat as far as you can, and then bring your right fingertips down to the pinky-side edge of your foot (or maybe to the top of a block or the top of your shin). Extend your left arm toward the sky, and try to make a straight line with your arms. Make an effort to roll your left shoulder back, lift your chest, and tuck your right hip under your body. Hold this pose for 5-10 breaths, and remember to practice on both sides of your body. Make sure to check in with @laurasykora and @masumi_g for their beautiful posts and variations each day, and follow our sponsor @gaiam for a chance to win a prize package featuring the new @twofitmoms Gaiam apparel line.

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Unfortunately, exercise tends to fall by the wayside during the holiday season, but we assure you that you will feel so much better if you make time for some form of activity. If you can’t commit to an hour, do a shortened workout — a quick walk during your lunch break, or a 10-minute sun salutation in the morning. Some form of activity will make a difference in your mental well-being for the day!

5. We know you are busy, but don’t forgot to eat

Make sure you start your day with a healthy breakfast and try to eat three well-balanced meals throughout the day. Carry dried fruit, popcorn, granola bars, or nuts in your bag or car so you always have something to snack on. Splurging here and there is fine, but don’t let it get the best of you.

6. We know it’s busy, but don’t skimp on sleep

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Sleep is key during the holidays.

These are the times when you need it most. Once your sleep fails, your immune system does too. So get your sleep on so you can stay healthy for the season!

7. Keep up with appearances

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Get that holiday glow.

Don’t forget to take care of yourself — getting enough sleep, eating healthy and fitting in exercise are all part of taking care of you — but don’t forget to keep up your beauty routine. Whether it’s moisturizing your skin, or putting on makeup or getting your nails done — doing something for you will make you feel good on the inside and the outside!

8. Give back

At the end of the day, the holiday season is all about giving. So, donate your time (teach a free yoga class), your services (work in a soup kitchen) or your money (buy toys for the less fortunate) to help someone in need. This may be the most important tip of all this holiday, and we can assure you that it will make a tremendous difference in your outlook this season! You can even buy gifts that give back.