The holidays are a time for family, indulging, and celebrating. Health is often sacrificed due to abnormally high stress, busy schedules, and a lot of food. The holiday season does not have to result in a larger pant size–follow these tips to remain your best you.
Treat yourself, but don’t overindulge. Don’t rob yourself of the joys that are holiday treats. However, enjoy sweets in moderation. To avoid overindulging, pick foods that you can only eat during the holiday season rather than foods you have access to year-round.
Get proper sleep. According to Dr. Michael Twery, a sleep expert at the NIH, sleep “affects growth and stress hormones, our immune system, appetite, breathing, blood pressure and cardiovascular health.” Lack of sleep decreases your mental alertness and increases the risk for weight gain and heart disease (NIH).
Try supplements. Don’t let the holiday blues or stress get the best of you. Research shows that adding Vitamin D or Omega-3 to your diet may improve mood (Mayo Clinic).
Evaluate priorities. Focus on friends, family, and creating life-long memories. Unnecessary stress and worry over little things like a cluttered house detract from the true meaning of the holiday season.
Technology-free time. Time with family and friends is precious. Make the moments more genuine and relaxed without constant buzzing or unneeded distractions created by technology.
Make time for exercise. Whether its a 20 minute walk or hour at the gym, fitting exercise into your schedule will improve your energy, mood, and health.
Don’t skip breakfast. Eating a healthy breakfast will not only give you energy for the day but it will prevent overeating throughout the day. Also, skip the peppermint mocha. Your body does not need the excess sugar and artificial flavors that will inevitably lead to an energy crash.