So how do you keep the holidays happy with all the stress of shopping, traffic, money, family and things just not going according to your plan? And then when you add in the disappointments along with the good and not so good emotional memories of Christmas’s past it can be depressing, stressful and not so fun time. I’ve learned over the years that I can choose to suffer through the holidays or I can choose to be merry and bright. When I am mindful and when I use self hypnosis it is so easy to be happy and enjoy the spirit of the season no matter what. In my Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge Island hypnosis offices of Slender For Life™ clients learn hypnosis and other mindfulness based strategies for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  How To Keep Holidays Happy is this weeks reading from my book, Becoming Slender For Life.

How To Keep Holidays Happy

Nearly all of us grew up associating birthdays and holidays with special food treats. Visions of sugar plums, candy canes, chocolate coins, overstuffed turkeys, heart-shaped candy boxes and marshmallow Easter rabbits are inextricably bound up with our memories and family traditions. Plus those exotic, rich foods are all around us at those times, calling to us, seducing us, triggering lifelong desires for sugary highs. What’s a person to do? How do you remain a sane voice in a sea of insane behavior and too much temptation? You just do the best you can, one day, one cupcake, one eggnog at a time. And when you do succumb to an occasional snicker doodle, you tell yourself you’re simply human, you forgive yourself, and you cleanse your palate with a carrot stick! You don’t use one lapse as an excuse to eat every cheese-oozing hors d’oeuvre in sight.

That said, there are things you can do to be ready for the annual feasting season.

  • Be aware that stress can trigger cravings, so do whatever you can to lighten your load at that time of year. Plan breaks, pampering activities and carry healthy snacks with you to the mall.
  • Be different. You don’t have to bake four dozen pfeffernuesse cookies just because your mother always did.
  • Don’t sacrifice your sleep—exhaustion means you are more likely to overeat.
  • Watch your alcohol intake—lessened inhibitions can dissolve your real intentions. Drink two 12-ounce glasses of water between each alcoholic drink.
  • Find other ways to comfort yourself after emotional situations (which are often so plentiful during holiday times). A new sweater or golf club will feel much better than a raspberry cheesecake will feel thudding in your gut. Even better, distract yourself by visiting someone who’ll really appreciate it, perhaps an elderly neighbor.
  • Colder weather and darker days often fuel desires for empty foods. Redefine comfort foods as foods that actually make you feel better, not worse. Macaroni and cheese is not a miracle cure for anything.
  • Stay active, even during the winter. Dance with the dog! Couch potatoes eat potato chips—and all the other so-called foods that come in bags, cans and bottles. Don’t lose all the ground you’ve gained by setting aside your exercise plan just because the weather has changed. Try out a new gym. Go mall walking. What you do doesn’t matter—just keep doing something.

FromBecoming Slender For Life, second edition,
pages 233 – 234

Not only is there the added stress and emotional upheaval of the holidays, there is all the special holiday goodies that are filled with fat and sugar. It becomes so easy to give in and eat and eat and pack on the pounds. When you learn mindfulness techniques at Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge Island hypnosis you discover the power of self hypnosis.You discover that you can be calm and relaxed, that you can enjoy holiday food and maintain your weight or even lose weight. Do you want to have happy holidays without all the weight gain? Learn hypnosis and be merry.

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