Bad habits are like armpits Ė they are ugly and we all have them. The holidays often bring out the best and the worst in us, and maybe this year is the time we can finally put a stop to the worst of our habits and make it a happy holiday without so much drama.
Stop Wasting Time
The holidays are obviously a time to relax and enjoy yourself, but if youíre spending all of your holidays
laying in bed and playing on the phone or iPod, youíre not doing much in the way of productivity. Youíre looking at the longest, roughest stretch of school after this holiday break, and while you certainly need to build up some energy, you should also think about taking care of some things youíve been meaning to do in the meantime. Convince your family to take a little trip. Hang out with your siblings and try something new. Sit next to your grandmother while sheís visiting and just be pleasant. It might not be as much fun as listening to your favorite song fourteen times in a row, but it will be a very nice thing for others to see your smiling face.
Stop Eating Too Much
Yummy food over the holiday season is just a way of life, really, and if youíre ready to take on a few extra pounds for the deliciousness of certain food items, nobody is going to stand in your way. But if youíre one the people who hates the scale come January, perhaps you should try a different approach this year. Donít bake less than you enjoy, but just eat less of what you make. Every time you make a batch of something, freeze it for when you have company over for a visit, or package the treats up and take them over to your neighbors or friends as gifts. Getting the food out of your house is a great way to avoid temptation. Of course, you might leave yourself a small plate, but donít put all the cookies in the cookie jar or youíll know where they will end up a few days later.
Why do the holidays seem to put us on edge? Personally, I think it has to do with our expectations. We have a picture perfect holiday plan in our minds of how this festive season should be. Your boyfriend will bring you the perfect gift and your family will sit down around the tree and act like a Hallmark commercial. Then, when it doesnít happen exactly like that, youíre disappointed. Nobody wants to be a disappointment, so there is immense pressure on us to perform up to that level, and itís hard to be perfect. When youíre busy being perfect, youíre not busy having fun. Focus more on having fun with each other and less on being perfect for each other and youíll have a very happy holiday