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Feeling the stress of the holidays spilling into your personal life? We can help! These small steps will lead to personal success and a happier you during this festive season. 

Outsmart overeating.

It is a wonderful time of the year, but let’s face it: While the occasions are full of cheer, they push the limits of our clothing seams.

Tip #1: Don’t go to that holiday party hungry. Drink a large glass of water or enjoy a small, satisfying, healthy snack before attending. An apple, handful of walnuts, celery and carrots, or a slice of cheese can all help curb the urge to indulge. 

Tip #2: Offer to bring a dish that will provide you and other guests a healthy, tasty alternative. Search online for healthy, lower-calorie versions of holiday favorites.


Find an accountability partner.

You’ve probably heard the expression that “it takes a village” to raise a family, accomplish goals and overcome challenges. Seek out a partner with whom you can share healthy goals and mutual support. Hold each other accountable!

Tip #1: Plan to meet for a walk, hike or trip to the gym.

Tip #2: Agree to text or call each another to exchange encouraging words and support.

Tip #3: Set attainable, short-term goals, and then share in each other’s success.


Reduce stress.

The shopping, the crowds, back-to-back events and lack of time—it’s easy to let stress  our joy.

Tip #1: Exercise to help yourself unwind. Just 30 minutes of cardio three times each week will lift your spirits and improve your attitude.

Tip #2: Get enough sleep. A reasonable bedtime and even catnaps during the day will keep you energized and feeling positive. 

Tip #3: Avoid overdoing it. Make a manageable to-do list and stick to it. Ask others to pitch in to help. Don’t try to squeeze in more holiday than you can handle.


Try a new workout in the new year.

Which workout routine best aligns with your New Year’s resolutions? If you are eager to succeed this year, explore the opportunities offered by your local YMCA.

Tip #1: Find a fresh activity. If you enjoy yoga, try an Aerial Yoga class. If you want an outdoor challenge, look into Obstacle Course Race Training for mud runs.

Tip #2: Sign up to get in shape with a trainer. Begin training for your first 5K or half marathon, or improve your overall physical conditioning.

The YMCA of Delaware has seven locations to serve our state, providing opportunities for adults and youth to improve their health and wellness through exercise, while championing various public health issues, including obesity education, water safety and diabetes prevention. A YMCA membership gives you much more than access to our facility. It sets you on a path to a healthier body, mind and spirit. Join before Jan. 31 and pay no joiner fee. Don’t forget to check out our new Middletown location. For more information, visit www.ymcade.org or call 302-571-6908.