The holiday season is in full swing, and with it, opportunities for excess and overindulgence. I used to use the holidays as an excuse for partying hard. After a year of intense work, I deserved it, didn’t I? Besides, I could always get back on track in January.
In addition to using alcohol to get out of my head, I used it as a coping mechanism for pent-up stress, familial expectations, and unresolved “issues” that always seem to heighten during the holiday season.
But I often ended up feeling worse for wear. Hungover, bloated, broken out, and anxious from lack of sleep — that's not what I'd been looking forward to, but that's what I always ended up with. Worse, I got sick often and ended up spending the few days I had at home with my family, self-medicating with DayQuil and sneaking Kahlua into my coffee. How else was I supposed to fake that holiday cheer?
Over the years, I’ve refined my approach a bit.
These seven strategies show that the path of moderation actually brings the most benefits. The ability to indulge a bit while staying healthy and having a better handle on stress is the happy medium I needed.