Staying on track this holiday season

The holiday season is a time where we tend to stray a little from our normal habits. We get so wrapped up with Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year, and not to mention the dreaded finals week, that we forget what it’s like to have a normal schedule.


It is just about impossible to stay on your normal diet with all of the turkey, mashed potatoes, pie, Christmas treats, and endless bottles of New Years Eve champagne being placed in front of you. Seriously though, fitting into that tiny swimming suit you have picked out for spring break is going to be a serious stuggle. To help with this endless holiday bloat it is so important to find time to head to the gym or even incorporate little exercises into your day. Exercise is key to a healthy life and making time for this will keep you somewhat on track.

It is also just about impossible to try and cut back on the spending. You have to get a gift for mom, dad, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, dogs, cats, friends, significant others, grandparents, the old lady that lives across the street, the smart person that sits next to you in class that lets you cheat off them, the guy who works at Jimmy Johns that knows what you order without having to tell him…I mean the list goes on and on.


So, how exactly does one stay sane during this 3-month fiasco?  Easier said than done…but it is all about prioritizing. For example, do you REALLY need that third helping of mashed potatoes, and do you REALLY need to give gifts to every contact in your phone? The answer is no. Focus on picking and choosing your battles. What are you going to splurge on and what are you going to stay away from? Who do you absolutely need to get a Christmas gift for? What classes do you need to focus on studying the most for?

A note pad and pencil (check out the Kate Spade collection) could be your best friend at this frenzy-filled time. To-do lists, grocery lists, work-out plans, final paper and exam dates, important reminders…write all of these down! This may seem like a small thing, but this notepad filled with scribbles will be your savior at the end of the holiday season.

Remember! Prioritize, write things down, plan everything out, and everything will be okay.




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