Okay moms, the holiday season is about to begin.

And how many of you find that you are Santa Claus and all the elves rolled into one?
To help you counteract the exhaustion that often comes with this busy season, I’m sending along my tried and true Top Ten Tips for Moms’ Holiday Cheer.

This year, remain sane and healthy enough to enjoy the holidays.  You don’t want to be like Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie who says: “I don’t know what to say, except it’s Christmas and we’re all in misery.”

Top Ten Tips for Moms’ Holiday Cheer:

  • Hydrate. Believe it or not, getting enough water affects not only your energy, but also whether or not you can think clearly and stay emotionally even.  When you feel sluggish, try drinking a big glass of water and wait 20 minutes to see if you feel better.  Make sure you get at least ½ your body weight (in lbs)  in ounces of water each day.  For example, if you weigh 140# you’ll need at least 70 ounces of water.  Keep a bottle in the car…a good place to get hydrated while you’re a captive audience behind the wheel.
  • Eat protein with each meal. An easy energy boosting strategy that can work wonders.
  • Radically reduce sugar!  It really is the enemy…by eating protein more consistently, your cravings will decrease. Find Christmas goodie recipes that are low in sugar check out our recipe section
  • Brew a cup of tea or coffee. Take a mini retreat by making a hot beverage, wrapping your hands around the warm mug, breathing the aroma, taking those first heavenly sips, and feeling the sensations as it warms you from the inside out. Aaaaaaah.  Who knew something so simple could be so healing?
  • BreatheCheck in to see if you are breathing…oxygen boosts the brain and the energy. Just close your eyes for a moment and count 4 breaths, then count 4 backwards. Focus on the rise and fall of your belly as you breathe. As your mind wants to wander, gently pull it back to focussing on your breath. Feel the shift in tension. Pracice regularly.
  • CuddleRemember to stop the madness, and cuddle with your children, your pets, your hubby.  Read a book together after dinner rather than going your own separate ways to various electronic devices.
  • Cut down on your own expectations. You are not Martha Stewart. Remember, decorating is her full-time job and she has a staff.  Make it simple!
  • Include the children and of course your hubby/partner in holiday preparations. It might not be fancy; what’s more important is that it be family friendly and a bonding experience.  And especially if this is a first holiday without a lov