Ekahi Ornish Lifestyle Medicine
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by Robert Walker, Program Director at ‘Ekahi

The holiday season can be the most festive and joyous time of the year, but it can also be the most stressful for some. With the holidays approaching, it’s more important than ever to take time for yourself. Here are some tips:

Set Reasonable and Realistic Expectations

Seeking perfection is unhealthy and unrealistic, and can cause us to feel burned out. Remember that by having reasonable expectations and by not over-extending ourselves, we can sometimes accomplish even more. For example; you’re cooking dinner for your family, and you know it’s tough to impress. We worry about cooking up a perfect meal, having the perfect setting, creating a pleasant atmosphere – but it’s important to remember that some things just won’t be in your control. Focus on the things that are in your control, and have confidence in yourself! Your positive energy alone will have a greater impact than perfection.

Stay Connected

Our connections help us feel less isolated. It’s important to nourish these connections year round – but during the holiday season we’re more likely to feel lonely. The holidays might make us nostalgic for family dinners around the table; but busy schedules can make that tough. Rekindling old relationships, volunteering, or meeting new people can have a surprising effect on our sense of belonging and acceptance.

Remember the spirit of the holiday season too – it’s not just about the gifts and the festivities, but also about giving and receiving the love and support that we all need and deserve.

This holiday season, give yourself the best gift of all – love and support!