• Do go into the holiday season with a weight-gain plan: Either choose to enjoy going crazy, knowing you'll have to lose 5 to 10 pounds in the new year; or decide to go a little less crazy, and plan on dropping 2 or 3 pounds come January. If you can't bear the thought of having to diet, commit to being strict during the holidays—but remember, it's your choice.
  • Don't attend events that bring out the worst in you. If you've had (and regretted) a fling at the last one or two holiday parties, maybe sit out the next one.
  • If something does happen that you wish hadn't, forgive yourself, learn from it, resolve to do better, and move on.
  • Do take turns with friends as designated drivers if you enjoy drinking at parties. Or, if you can afford it, hire a cab or limo.
  • Don't go to a party hungry. Eat some soup or fruit salad first.
  • Don't give up your workout. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress.
  • Don't skimp on sleep either—you'll feel cranky and less able than usual to deal with stress. (If you're staying up late, try to get a few extra zzz's in the morning: Throw your hair into a ponytail instead of blow-drying it, or skip reading the newspaper.) Regular insomnia and oversleeping are signs of depression. A counselor or therapist can help.
  • Do plan holiday get-togethers that incorporate fitness, such as sledding parties, snowball fights or long walks with friends.


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