Holidays are prime time for eating delicious food, celebrating with loved ones, and creating long-lasting memories. All this cheer can be physically and mentally draining. Consider a focus on your own wellness this holiday season. Here are some tips for healthy choices.
Eat in moderation
Even recognizing the wisdom in the old moniker “everything is best in moderation’, it can be a challenge to exercise constraint when confronted with an abundance of delicious meals and enticing treats. Here are some ideas to try:Avoid eating too fast. Sit back and enjoy your favorite holiday foods. Savor the taste and texture. This practice can help give your body time to tell you when you’re full. Studies have shown it can take up to twenty minutes to feel sufficiently full
One way to avoid overeating is to take a ten-minute break after your first serving to give your body time to digest before going for seconds.
- If food ius presented buffet style, survey all the options before grabbing a plate, and plan out your meal instead of piling on items.
- Don’t arrive hungry. Enjoy a healthy pre-party snack of complex carbohydrates and protein, maybe apple slices with peanut butter or trail mix.
- Don’t deprive yourself of treats altogether. Enjoy a serving of your favorite dessert instead of filling your plate with multiple servings of sweet dishes.
While tasty beverages like eggnog and cocktails may be ever-present, stay aware of how much water you’re drinking. Like the Harvard website says, There's no one-size-fits-all answer, https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-much-water-should-you-drink But do try to drink at least several glasses a day. And maybe enjoy a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage? Keep a reusable water bottle with you while holiday shopping (even if you are shopping online), and while you’re at work.
Get enough sleep
Between the shopping, gift wrapping, and cooking, you may feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete everything on your schedule. But don’t sacrifice sleep to get your tasks done. A lack of sleep can weaken your immune system, cause weight gain, and lead to increased anxiety. According to the CDC, adults should get at least seven hours of sleep each night. If you’re having trouble sleeping, avoid blue light from devices like your phone, television, or tablet for an hour or two before you go to bed. Also, avoid eating a large meal or drinking caffeine or alcohol for three to four hours before heading to sleep.
Set a schedule
Spread tasks across the season. Avoid long hours in stores or online by breaking up your shopping into two or three shorter trips. And wrap some of your gifts at a time instead of trying to do it all at once. If you can’t do everything on your list, ask a friend for help. By distributing tasks, you’ll clear up time to focus on other things that need to get done. Feel free to declineinvitations or requests from family and friends. While it may difficult to tell people you cannot attend an event, most people understand this can be a busy time.
Make time to exercise
Consider adjusting your exercise routine to fit into your holiday schedule. Instead of a thirty-minute routine, try breaking up your workout into smaller intervals throughout the day. Or combining a 15-minute exercise routine or yoga session with a pair of ten-minute walks spread throughout the day. If you’re at a party, suggest a walk or active game before the meal or in between dinner and dessert.
Stick to a budget
Do you have a long list of people you want to gift?, Consider setting a limit for how much you will spend Maybe one percent of your gross annual income? before you start shopping,. Holiday stress can stretch well into the new year, if you’re still paying off gifts you bought on credit. Consider homemade gifts. Or a gift exchange,where everyone is only responsible to buy a single gift within a certain price range for someone else.
Take time for yourself. Put down your phone, close your laptop, and take a few moments for an activity that puts you at ease, such as meditating, reading, drawing, or spending quality time with a loved one.
If you need a quick pause from holiday activities, try 4-7-8 breathing. This technique can help you reduce stress as well as get to sleep faster. To perform this exercise, find a quiet place to sit or lie down, and follow these steps:
- Breathe in through your nose for four seconds.
- Hold your breath for seven seconds.
- Breathe out through your mouth for eight seconds.
Finally, remember to enjoy yourself. That’s what the holidays are all about! Make sure to eat, drink, and be merry -- but, in moderation.
This article was prepared by ReminderMedia.