How to Have a Great Day…. Even though it’s Christmas time
  The Elevate Me Team 03:45 PM

Christmas is coming.

For those who celebrate Christmas it can often be like what Charles Dickens wrote in the first line of A Tale of Two Cities:  “It is the best of times, it is the worst of times….”. Christmas can be stressful - really stressful - especially for Moms (okay, and for many Dads too). It’s great when families can get together to celebrate, but the days leading up to Christmas can be crazy.  Finding gifts, wrapping presents, decorating the house, planning the Christmas dinner – can all take its toll. You can insert any holiday season here: Hanukkah, Diwali, Ramadan, Vaisakhi, Rosh Hashanah, Kwanzaa, New Years Eve.

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So, we thought we would write about what you can do to make sure your days leading up to the holidaysare great. We suggest following this daily to-do list and you should be just fine:

  1. Eat healthy
    • of course Elevate Me bars should be part of your day!
  2. Exercise
    • The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans says to get a minimum of 2-1/2 hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or a minimum of 1-1/4 hours per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or a combination of the two. That could mean a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day, five days a week; a high-intensity spinning class one day for 45 minutes, plus a half hour jog another day; or some other combination of moderate and vigorous activity. Adults should also aim to do muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week.
  3. Think positively
    • Researchers at Harvard University found that optimism is associated with heart health and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Also, a research study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology did a study on college students in their first year and found that positive thinking was positively associated with low stress.

  4. Worry less
    • Worrying is feeling uneasy or being overly concerned about a situation or problem. With excessive worrying, your mind and body go into overdrive as you constantly focus on "what might happen”. Chronic worrying can affect your daily life so much that it interferes with your appetite, lifestyle habits, relationships, sleep, and job performance. So pay heed to the title of the bestseller written by Richard Carlson a number of years ago: “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. And it’s All Small Stuff”.
  5. Work hard
    • Thomas Edison said “There is no substitute for hard work”. And he was right. Here’s what hard work does for you: it builds character, it draws positive attention to you, it gets results, and it brings new opportunities (Thomas Jefferson said “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”).

  6. Laugh often
    • Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire held a contest in 2002 to determine the world’s funniest joke. Here is the winner: Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says "Calm down. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a gunshot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says "OK, now what?" 
      You are welcome.

  7. Do something nice for someone
    • Abraham Lincoln said: When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.” No question, the mantra “do good, feel good” is one of the great truths of happiness.
  8. Sleep well
    • Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being not just daily but throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health and quality of life. The way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times helps you function well throughout the day. People who are sleep deficient are less productive at work and school. They take longer to finish tasks, have a slower reaction time, and make more mistakes. After several nights of losing sleep - even a loss of just 1 - 2 hours per night - your ability to function suffers as if you haven't slept at all for a day or two. So, give yourself an early Christmas present. Go to bed early.

Follow the list and we hope you have a great day.

P.S. You get brownie points if you knew we misquoted Dickens. The first line of A Tale of Two Cities actually reads It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

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