1. Move: The holidays give ample time for more movement. Set up holiday activities that move you away from the table, such as walking down the street caroling, flag football, a snow ball fight, ice skating, snow angles, and shoveling snow. These activities can get your heart rate up to help you cope with stress and avoid overeating. Distraction can go a long way.
2. Minimize: Keep it simple. You don’t have to go overboard on presents and food. Whenever you have a task ahead, ask yourself how to keep it simple—use gift bags instead of wrapping and buy pre-chopped veggies instead of cutting them up yourself. Stress reduction doesn't have to be complex either. Taking 5 deep, slow breathes can significanty reduce your heart rate. Or, try a simple yoga pose to recenter.