Your Survival Guide to Get Through the Holidays

Learn how to get through the holidays without unwanted stress and anxiety this season.

Your Survival Guide to Get Through the Holidays

The holidays come just once a year, but with the surplus of sweets, family stress, and being mindful to balance your budget, once is often enough! Stay sane this holiday season with this guide full of tips from pros like Mo'Nique, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, and Dr. Oz that will help keep off the pounds, keep you calm, and prevent you from scrimping pennies together just to make it to the New Year.

Alternate High- and Low-Calorie Days for the Next 8 Weeks

The holidays is not the time of year to lose weight. Instead, work on maintaining your current size. To do this, try alternating between high-calorie and low-calorie days. This will let you indulge in your seasonal favorites without going overboard. Aim to keep your high-calorie days at around 2,000 calories and your low-calorie days at 1,200 calories.

Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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