6 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season

Thanksgiving and Hannukah are behind us, but Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day are all right around the corner. Sadly, in the midst of all the celebration and togetherness, it is isn’t uncommon to see yourself slide into unhealthy patterns. Here are a few tips to make this a healthy holiday!

1. Make sure to focus on fun, rather than food

Many of us may not be see surprised to see 5-10 pounds sneak on during the holiday. It’s not hard to do. Most holidays are associated with certain foods and lots of plates of treats. Christmas might not be the same without your aunt’s green bean casserole, but that doesn’t mean food has to be the main focus. Instead, throw yourself into the other rituals a holiday brings, whether it’s caroling or tree trimming or volunteering with a local non profit.

2. Stay active

Exercise is just as important during the holidays as any other time of the year. You should be active at least four to five times a week, preferably with some aerobic exercise every day. The weather may be cold outside, but the winter offers additional fun, too! Ice skating, sledding, or dance focused video games — all of these can be great exercise. Enlist your loved ones to join you for quality bonding time.

3. Get in tune with your holiday stress points
Start by asking yourself what makes you feel most pressured or irritable, and then what choices do you have to make this stress more manageable. Do certain family members put you on edge? Do you take on too much and then find you don’t have time for it all? If you have to see a difficult relative, can you arrange something fun afterward? This way you can remind yourself that in a few hours you’ll be doing something that you enjoy. It will help you get through a potentially difficult time.

4. Prevent illness and injuries
Colds and the flu are most prevalent in the winter. Prevent them by washing your hands regularly and urging others to do the same. Consider taking preventative measures like vitamin C and zinc supplements in addition to your daily vitamin, or venture into the holistic realm with elderberry syrup and essential oils to boost immunity. Stay warm by dressing in layers. Sprinkle sand on icy patches. Watch young ones and assist the elderly, who are at increased risk of falls and other injuries during this time.

5. Help others
Depression increases during the holidays. Watch for signs of depression among your friends and family. Take an active role to support those in need. Invite those colleagues or friends who are alone over the holidays to spend them with you. Volunteer and give to those less fortunate. Changing your perspective can go a long way in reigniting your joy during this special time of the year.

6. Treat yourself.
The holiday spirit is about helping others around you, but you also have to make time to take care of yourself. So treat yourself with something over the holidays. It may be something as simple as sleep. Wake up late and enjoy a day of rest; you need it. How about reading that book you’ve been meaning to for a long time, or getting a manicure or massage? Take the time to do the things that make you happy. Or make a long-term investment in your health and happiness. We would love to chat with you about customizing a “Treat Yourself” plan!