If you’re already feeling rundown from the last minute shopping and preparing before the holidays wrap up in the next week, don’t be afraid to give yourself a break these next two days. You’re better off resting and recharging the batteries at home—maybe even sitting around a fireplace visiting with a friend—so do your best to find a balance.
To help you relax before these next two weeks top off this year’s craziness, let’s chat and chew about some general health tips to be mindful of during the holidays.
Know your holiday stress points. Ask yourself what makes you the most irritable and then what choices do you have to make this stress more manageable? It will help you get through a potentially difficult time.
Schedule together time. By scheduling ahead you can make sure you make time for what matters most to you—this also has a positive effect on our bodies and brains, because we are connecting with those closest to us.
Keep moving. Physical activity is the clearest step you can take to benefit your health during the holidays and any time of year. It is certain to make you feel good and help your body and brain to function better. Whether it’s a quick 10-minute walk down the block or shopping around the mall, take advantage of all opportunities to exercise.
Eating healthy. Know what foods help you feel and do your best, then focus more on giving your body what it needs (such as fruits and vegetables) and less on trying to avoid certain foods. Eat sweets in moderation and make sure you also get protein, fiber and healthful fats. Also, be fair to your body. Most of us can get away with some treats; however, if we vary to much, we may get sick.
Drink and be merry. Enjoy yourself this holiday season, but do so in moderation. Before a social event, plan ahead what and how much you’ll drink. Alternate between alcoholic and water to help you pace yourself and stay hydrated. Remember to always have a safe way to get home after a long evening out as well. If you live in the DC area, try Uber or use the Metro—ride for free from midnight to 3AM on New Year’s Eve!
Relax your body and mind. When you are more relaxed you sometimes get more done—and feel better doing it. List to your body—take a five-minute breather when you feel overwhelmed.
While it’s important to have a great time with friends and family this holiday season, it’s just as important to find a balance. Stick to a good diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and minimal stress—and of course, spend as much time as you physically and mentally can with friends and family! We wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy rest of 2015! We hope you’ll continue to join the conversation next year!