5 Tips to Get Through the Holi-Daze

Here are five tips to help you maximize the holidays for you and everyone around you.

1. Try Everything. The holidays come one time a year. So why not partake in all their goodness? Have the eggnog, go to the dinner, have your favorite gingerbread cookie, eat seconds of yams and stuffing. It is one time a year. Your body will make it through. And your mind will be happy that instead of spending energy trying to deny and eliminate your desires, you let yourself enjoy them.

2. Don’t Get Caught Up in the Stress. Just because other people are running around like elves with their heads cut off does not mean that you have to. Do what you need to do, when you want to do it, how you want to do it. Perhaps even calmly with smiles and cheer. There is no reason that stress-free holidays are not possible.  So cling less to the popular anxious mentality and more to your true you.

3. Buy Less. Share More. So much of the aforementioned stress I hear about revolves around buying gifts. But what if you switched your focus from buying tangible goods for your friends and loved ones to sharing experiences with them? Maybe instead of manically maneuvering through hoards of shoppers to get a random belt or shirt for that person you decide to share a drink, coffee, meal, concert, or even just a walk with them instead? The experience and the memory will likely be more in line with the intention of getting them a gift to begin with.   Think less about buying something, and more about sharing in something.

4. Double the Greens. Yes, definitely try and enjoy all your favorite holiday treats, but do forget about the green vegetables. In fact, try and eat more of them. The nutrients and minerals in green vegetables will keep your metabolism on point, digestive system happy, body cleansed, and skin radiant. Not to mention your weight even despite the festivities. Make sure 50% of your meals during the holidays are green vegetables. And then have the slice of pumpkin pie.

5. Commit to Time for You. Every day, 15 minutes to an hour just for you.  Ideally to sweat or meditate. If you think that it is impossible with so many holiday events and travel, then you need to give yourself an experience, the I.AM.YOU. experience, through I.AM.YOU. audio classes. Whether you have 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour – make sure you set up a time that's just for you! Rember: keep the weight and stress off, but turn on life. And always have fun!

Lauren Imparato

Founder & CEO, I.AM.YOU.
Lauren Imparato — author of RETOX and one of the "100 Women in Wellness to Watch" and Elle’s "This is 30" — resigned her job as a vice president on the Wall Street trading floors in 2009 to launch I.AM.YOU, a wellness lifestyle company based on yoga, nourishment and music. In NYC and across the globe, she is renowned for her straight up, real approach to wellness and life. Imparato’s yoga classes are known for their attention to anatomy, sweat and tradition within the chaotic modern lives we lead, and are always paired with signature MusicMixes including genres like rock, salsa, jazz, hip hop and more. She has been featured in Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Self, The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, CNN and countless others and writes for MindBodyGreen, PositiveMed and her own blog with a social media following of over 250,000. Imparato has led I.AM.YOU. classes for tens of thousands of people in Spain, Cannes Film Festival, Ibiza Opening Weekend and, most recently, all of Times Square and the great lawn of Central Park. She graduated from Princeton University.
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