The Halloween decorations are now packed away and we are all seeing holiday decorations in stores wherever we go. Welcome to Holiday Season 2008.
Due to the economy, retailers are expecting sales decreases up to 30 percent lower than last year. Most of us have had to tighten our belts due to increases in utility, food and other costs.
While it is better to give than receive, you also need to remember to take some time out for yourself during the holidays. As I also try to remind you, remember to live your life in the moment and enjoy every second of it.
So what can you do to transform yourself this holiday season?
* MAKE A RESERVATION. You will need at least one night out of the kitchen this busy season.
* GET AN INSTANT FACELIFT. Just find a reason to smile and check out how much more attractive you look and happier you feel.
* ENJOY SOME ME TIME. Get out and take a long walk or enjoy a relaxing jacuzzi, shower or bath.
* DRINK ALL DAY LONG. The best, most healthy way to get 8 glasses of water a day is by drinking 8 mouthfuls an hour.
* REWARD YOURSELF IN GUILT FREE WAYS. Rather than going for a hot fudge sundae, get a haircut or massage.
* BE MERRY. Make sure you laugh today, at least once, even if only at (or to) yourself.
* TUNE IN. Watch your favorite holiday show or movie.
* PUMP UP YOUR HEART RATE. You do not need to run marathons to improve your health. Take a hike, go dancing or play fetch with your dog.
* GET THE PICTURE. The first step to attaining your goals is visualization. Getting a clear picture of what you wants brings you closer to achieving it.
* GO TO BED. Try to turn in early at least one night a week. Get your beauty sleep!
* SEEK ADVICE. Whatever you have got planned whether it is a big purchase or holiday trip, think of people you know who have pulled such things off and ask them how they did it.
* TAKE A BREAK. Remember to take some time to relax and have personal time every day.
* DROP OUT. Do not try to make every party of the holiday season. Skip social gatherings that promise to be more of a headache than holiday cheer.
* GLOW. Take care of your skin. The dry cold air can dry out your skin so remember to exfoliate and condition skin.
* CREATE A MENU. Plan your holiday meal today. Leaving plenty of time to make sure the markets have all the ingredients.
* GET OUT AND GAZE AT THE MOON. No matter what phase the moon is at currently, it reminds us of the bigger things in life.
* START A BLOG OR JOURNAL. If it is something you have wanted to do, do it now.
* MAKE A GUEST LIST. Send out an email to be sure family and friends know they are invited over during the holidays. If you are a guest, be sure you host knows you are coming.
* EAT SOMETHING DECADENT. Whatever you eat, enjoy it.
* START A FITNESS ROUTINE. Or recharge the one you have got going now. (Remember to consult you health care provider before beginning any new routine.) Starting slow is better than not starting at all.
* MAKE A LIST (AND MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON IT!). Treat yourself to a little holiday indulgence of your own. In fact, it will get you in the spirit of giving.
* TURN OFF THE TV AND THE COMPUTER. Read, talk with a friend or take a walk.
* TAKE A NAP. Most experts agree a nap is a very healthy thing to do.
Remember it is not the size of the gift but the thought behind it that counts. Some of my most treasured memories of past holidays were times spent with friends and homemade gifts prepared with love and thought.
Wishing you health, hope and happiness.
Big bear hug,