It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Well, it can be hard to feel festive when you’re sick, tired, and stressed out. Staying healthy during the holidays can be challenging, as it is such a busy time of year. Between overeating at parties, not having time for the gym, and staying up late to wrap presents and address holiday cards, we really run ourselves ragged this time of year. We’ve compiled some of our favorite healthy holiday tips to help you get through this magical time of year feeling your best!
5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season:
- Keep Your Routine (As Best You Can): It’s no surprise that gym memberships are used the least in December. When we are swamped with errands, our spin class may be the first thing to get cut – it’s totally understandable. At the same time though, we know that exercise is great for both our physical and mental health. So try to squeeze in a workout when you can, but don’t beat yourself up if you fall out of routine for awhile.
- Go Tech Free: This is one of our favorite healthy holiday tips, which also applies year-round. The constant connectivity of our smart phones can be a major source of stress. Take baby steps by stashing your phone in a drawer for an hour each evening while you read a book or play a game with your kids.
- Stay In: We know there are a lot of social obligations this time of year, but you don’t have to go to every one of them. If you are running yourself ragged and missing sleep, you’re also wearing down your body’s natural defenses against illness. So if you’re focusing on staying healthy this holiday season, take a couple nights a week to stay in and rest up.
- Don’t Skip Meals: It may be tempting to skip lunch if you know you’ll be indulging at a holiday party later. But showing up to an event hungry will actually cause you to overeat. Eat sensibly during the day, then make smart choices at party buffets.
- Put a Cork In It: Drinking too close to bedtime leads to disrupted sleep, causing you to miss out on the restorative shuteye your body needs. Allow a few hours for the alcohol to metabolize in your body before going to bed.
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