The holiday season, year-end crunch, new year expectations – they place heavy demands on our minds and bodies. I have always remembered a simple acronym to help me prevent the negative effects of stressful times: HALT.

Avoid getting too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired (excuse me while I grab a bite and vent to a friend, then take a nap!).

Bottom line: take care of yourself – physically, socially, spiritually and emotionally.

So, even though this is the time of year to go-go-go, make sure you HALT to ensure you are at your best.