Things can get pretty chaotic during the holidays with dinner preparations, last minute gift shopping, dealing with traffic, etc. Busy schedules tend to lead to stress, short cuts, and quick fixes, but it’s still important to make good choices and find the time to stick to those commitments you’ve made prior to these busy months. Not that there’s nothing wrong with indulging in some holiday food, but let’s not throw away your hard work if you’ve been trying to take better care of yourself. At the end of the day, it’s all about balance so that you can stay on track without compromising any of the holiday fun. Wondering how to stay healthy during the holidays? Follow these tips below to maintain both your physical and mental health.
1. Take Your Vitamins
Let’s be honest, who eats healthy enough? If you don’t have a balanced diet you’re missing out on vital nutrients that are necessary for your body. So, when you’re traveling or feeling a cold coming on, don’t forget to take your vitamins to boost your immune system.
Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding vitamins, supplements or a medical condition.
2. Stay Hydrated
This should be a given. It’s a simple task that’s easy to forget when your slammed with other things. But dehydration can lead to fatigue and mindless eating, so remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It’s recommended to drink half of your bodyweight in ounces of water per day.
With all the sweets, heavy food, and alcohol consumed during this time of year, it’s important to incorporate simple workouts in your daily routine to keep your body active. If you can’t make it to the gym, try going for walks around the neighborhood or do body weight workouts at home.
4. Avoid Overeating
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This one can be tough, but it’s key if you want to stay somewhat on track with any weight loss goals or healthy eating habits you’ve been working on. One way to avoid overeating is to take your time while you eat, chew slowly, and drink lots of water! Everything should be in moderation so you don’t overwhelm your body.
5. Take Time For Yourself
It’s easy to not think about putting yourself first when the holidays typically revolve around caring and doing things for others. But if you’re feeling tired, block off a few hours in a day or so to unwind in between all of the shopping, cooking, and hosting.