The holidays are usually a stressful and busy time for people. In addition to your normal routine, there are family gatherings, holiday parties and all sorts of special events. It can be very easy to get overwhelmed! I’ve got a few tips for you on how to beat the stress and feel your best!

Prioritize sleep
Make sure you’re taking good care of your body and getting enough energy. You need sleep to fight off illness and keep yourself powered through your hectic schedule.

Water
I’m always talking about drinking enough water. While I never claim that you need 8 glasses a day, you definitely need to make sure that you’re keeping yourself hydrated. It helps to flush out toxins and impurities in the body. Keeping a water bottle in your purse

Fruits & Veggies
You should always be eating fresh fruits and veggies. My favorites – blueberries and broccoli – help you fight free radicals and are packed with antioxidants. Packing in healthy foods will give you more energy and let you deal with the unexpected stressors that pop up over the holidays. Also, by sticking to a relatively healthy diet, you can eat cookies, cake or pie without any guilt!

Snack Bars
I always keep healthy snack bars in my purse. I have health issues that cause me problems if I don’t eat often enough or well. That’s It Fruit Bars and BumbleBars live in my purse. They’re small enough to take with you and they’re both healthy.

Exercise
If you can squeeze in a 20 to 30 minute walk, that can really help take the edge off. Of course, you’ll probably be doing more running around than that anyways!

Beauty
I feel it’s best to streamline your beauty routine around the holidays if you’re going to be busy. I usually choose to wear a killer red lip and go with that. If you don’t like bold lips, go for blingin’ eyes! Gold, silver or copper eyeshadow paired with a nude lip can really help you shine.

Quality Time
The last, and perhaps the most important thing, is to squeeze in some ‘me’ time. Get a facial, take a hot bubble bath (with champagne perhaps?), a mani-pedi, a massage or even read a book for an hour. Just an hour to yourself over the holidays will really go a long way to help improve your mental heath.

What are your tips for feeling your best during the holidays?