With holiday season comes family dinners, work parties and a whole lot of overindulgence on food and drink. Amidst the chaos that comes with juggling Christmas shopping, menu prep and party planning it becomes easy to let your health fall by the wayside. Unhealthy eating or eating too much is not good for your well-being. It’s also not healthy to overwork or overload yourself with projects, planning, prep and parties. If you can find balance during the holiday season, you won’t suffer from the rebound effect in the New Year.
Here are a few tips to maintain your physical health during the holiday season:
- Stay Hydrated – Water is always the answer.
- Keep Up Your Workout Routine – Make your fitness a priority and take the time to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of cardio each day. If you can’t make it to the gym, do a home workout.
- Enjoy In Moderation – There is no need to grab that second full plate at Christmas dinner. Just because the dinner spread is overflowing doesn’t mean your plate needs to be. This goes for drinks as well. Limit your alcoholic beverages to two and add a glass of water in-between.
- Don’t Skip Meals – If you’re planning to skip meals in order to overindulge on the holiday dinner, please don’t. Your body needs the constant caloric intake to give you the energy to get through the day. Plus, if you just eat one large meal, your body won’t be able to digest it effectively.
- Eat Slower – Eating slower has been proven to help you pay more attention to your fullness level and feel more satisfied with a smaller portion.
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Make sure you are nourishing your mind as well. Here are a few pointers for staying mentally healthy this holiday season:
- Take Time for Yourself – The holiday season is usually characterized as being the season of giving, but make sure you take time to fill your cup. Do something for yourself as well and make sure you are appreciating yourself.
- Be Grateful – While you may not have everything, what you do have is worth celebrating. Remember to stay humble and grateful. Begin and end your day recounting 3 things you are grateful for.
- Give More – The more you give, the more you’ll feel fulfilled. You don’t necessarily need to give presents, but you can give your time or advice or a listening ear. Others will appreciate it and it feels good to be appreciated.
- Value Yourself – Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism.
- Quiet Your Mind – The holiday shopping and holiday parties can be overwhelming at times. Make sure you are taking time to decompress from the crowds. Try meditating or prayer. Relaxation exercises can improve your outlook on life and state of mind.
- You Can’t Please Everyone – No matter how hard you try, it just isn’t feasible. IF you give your best effort, that will be enough.
Have a happy and healthy holiday season!
– By Stephen Reynolds, Editor @sreynoldswrites