The holiday season is now well underway, and many of us are feeling stress. Although the holidays are intended to be a time of joyful celebration, they can also be a time of added demands and stress. If you’re feeling frazzled this holiday season, here are five tips to help you minimize stress and stay healthy so that you’re able to more fully enjoy the holidays.
Keep Your Routine
Many of us find that we try to squeeze in more commitments than we have time for around the holidays, and our daily routines can suffer as a result. Try to stay consistent with the day-to-day rituals and activities that help you move through your day organized and with ease. Keeping up with your exercise routine, bedtime and mealtimes can help to keep you healthy and feeling your best.
Get Enough Sleep
Adequate sleep is critical to your overall health, so try not to let the hectic holiday season disrupt your sleep schedule. Try not to eat or drink at least two to three hours before bedtime. If you find that you’re worried or stressed-out, try a ten-minute mediation to allow yourself to relax. Keeping your wake-up time consistent each morning will make it much more likely that you’ll be tired and able to sleep in the evening.
It’s so easy to overeat during the holiday season. By the new year, we can find ourselves having gained an unwanted 5 to 10 lbs. Try to focus on eating foods that nourish your body, and focus less on what foods you’re trying to avoid. Having a healthy snack before you go to a party may make it less likely that you’ll indulge in holiday treats, and if you do indulge, that you’ll do so in moderation.
Physical activity is one of the best ways that we can care for ourselves during the holidays and the rest of the year. Many experts recommend 30 minutes a day of exercise five to six days a week. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and spread out throughout the day. Try taking stairs instead of the elevator, or parking your car across the parking lot, or walking on your lunch break. Physical activity is a great stress reliever and it may help to keep you calm during a stressful holiday season.
Focus on What is Important
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to lose focus on what is truly important. Take the time to focus on what brings you happiness and joy. Breathe in and fully feel what it is that you are grateful for. Giving intentional thought to what is important to us helps to create the path to a more meaningful and joyful holiday season.
Try utilizing these five tips to help you have a happy, healthy and meaningful holiday season.
Happy holidays from all of us at the Fit and Food Connection!