Keep in mind these 5 tips during the holiday season to stay calm and cool:

  1. At holiday parties, being mindful of the nourishing value of the visual beauty, aroma, texture and taste of food can result in you consuming less overall.
  2. Manage your energy by not overcommitting to parties and festivities. Take a look at your calendar and decide how many events you can attend without feeling frayed at the edges. Then commit to that number of events minus two.
  3. When you feel irritated, frustrated or angry, simply focus on what the emotion is trying to teach you, then let it go.
  4. Re-connect with friends, contacts and acquaintances you’ve been meaning to see over the past year but haven’t. The holidays are a perfect time to re-engage.
  5. Consider forgiving those who have hurt you over the past year.