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Be Merry: 10 Tips for a No Stress Holiday Season

Remember being a kid and the holidays meant time off from school, hot chocolate and the countdown to lots of toys? As adults, it feels a bit different. While the holidays are commercialized to be a warm and fuzzy time of year, they can also turn out to be a mixed bag of feelings and stress. It’s easy to fall under the pressure of year-end work, finding the right gift for that special someone or even feeling the lack of that special someone. That’s why it’s especially important this time of year (and all year) to set some time aside each day to do things that ARE contributing to a happy heart.

1. People – Spend time with the people that matter most. They deserve it and so do you. Those who reciprocate your love and provide you with a positive self-reflection can bring lots of extra comfort and joy.

2. A good book – sometimes a good book can take your mind on a total vacation. Other books, such as daily readings, are short commitments in time, but can yield great food for thought and an uplifting way to begin or finish each day.

3. Move! – Get some kind of movement in. It’s easy to put off our training or exercise because time feels tight or we’re tired. Training however is a gift you give to yourself. Despite feeling like you don’t have time, if you can get your lift in, meditate through a yoga flow or get your sweat on, without a doubt, you’ll feel better after you do, even 20-30 minutes is better than nothing.

4. Food – Its fun to deviate from the regimen of a strict meal plan. Unfortunately, holiday parties, drinks and baked goods can counter act our efforts in the gym and while you’ll want to avoid the slippery slope of holiday pounds, allow yourself some occasions to take the pressure of yourself and enjoy good food freely.

5. Give – giving can be such a gratifying feeling. To see someone else light up because you thought of him or her, is double joy. Giving doesn’t have to be expensive either – baking, a sweet card, an act of kindness, it’s all about the thought.

6. Review – Take stock of your achievements – both big and small. It’s easy to get caught with your long to-do lists, holiday shopping and year-end reviews. Make sure you give yourself credit for what you HAVE accomplished that day, week, month and this year.

7. Know Your Limitations – practice saying “no” from time to time if you’re feeling over extended. Often, people don’t know if you’re over stretched, it’s up to you to be the gatekeeper of your limits and your sanity.

8. Sing, Dance and Be Goofy! – Break from the holiday stress by taking a few moments to be goofy whether alone, with your children or your best friend. Laughter is truly one of the best medicines.

9. Rejuvenate Yourself – a bubble bath, a spa treatment, a yoga class or just a good night sleep. Try not to skimp on taking care of you. A worn down you is not beneficial for anyone.

10. Acceptance – Again, take the pressure off yourself. Wherever you are and whoever you’re with this holiday season, is exactly where you are supposed to be. Feeling rushed? Don’t. You’re right on time for this very moment.


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ― Melody Beattie


Enjoy the moments and all your loved ones this Holiday Season. We wish you a wonderful day,

Girls Gone Strong

About the Author: Alli Mckee

Alli is a certified strength and conditioning specialist based out of Baltimore, Maryland. She's contributed to and modeled for a number of major publications including Oxygen magazine and the New Rules of Lifting: Supercharged. You can find out more about Alli on her personal blog at