The holidays are fast approaching and although they promise to be a little different this year you will surely be faced with the typical temptations and it might be harder than usual to resist them.
As the health crisis continues frustrations become more numerous and stress can elevate. There may also be disappointment at not being able to engage in longstanding traditions. I’m here to encourage you to be diligent and don’t get derailed from your healthy lifestyle during the holidays.
Try These Tips:
Rest and Recharge
- Get 8 hours of sleep a night. The proper amount of sleep will have a positive effect on you physically and mentally.
- Schedule quiet time into each day. Set aside about 15 minutes. Use that time to relax and reflect.
- Reduce stress. Use essential oils to support your mood and emotions. Are there any scents that bring back fond memories or make you feel calm? Diffuse it, apply topically, or add to a bath.
- Plan and participate in activities that are fun and bring you joy. Think of things you did during the holidays when you were a kid. Make it simple this year.
Eat Good Food
- Plan meals in advance and prep ahead of time. Have food items on hand to make quick, healthy meals. Make use of an Instant Pot or Crock Pot.
- Practice portion control. Stop eating before you feel full. Use a smaller plate when you eat. You’ll eat less. Avoid seconds.
- Eat low calorie foods like vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. They will make you feel more full then highly processed foods.
- Limit sweets and treats. Take one. Pick your favorite. Eat slowly and savor every bite. Be mindful and present while eating.
- Sit down and slow down when you eat. Engage in conversation around the table and turn off or put away all electronic devices.
- Be kind to yourself if you overindulged or eat things you shouldn’t. Recommit to do better.
- Make substitutions when cooking and baking. Change recipes by substituting healthier ingredients or adding less of certain things like sugar and salt. Search online for healthier versions of traditional dishes. Keep family favorites but seek healthier alternatives.
Be Physically Active
- Take time to exercise. Keep up your current routine. You will feel better if you are active.
- Find someone to exercise with you. If you don’t have an exercise routine start one now with a family member or friend. You can keep each other accountable.
- Engage in non-traditional exercise. Park farther away from the store when you go shopping. Use the stairs any time that you can. Vigorously clean the house. Play with children or pet outdoors and in.
- Remember physical activity is good for your body and mind. It may be more important than ever to exercise this holiday season.
Make choices to promote good health this holiday season. You will feel better both mentally and physically. Enjoy the time you spend with family and friends even if it’s only virtually.
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