The holidays have a way of throwing off our routines into an already-packed schedule. Here are a few ways to preserve your health during this stressful season.
Time is at a premium during the hectic weeks leading up to the holidays, but this is not the time to compromise on self-care. Make it a priority to incorporate movement and exercise into your holiday schedule. One strategy is to break activities into smaller time intervals – perhaps two 20-minute walks or workouts – instead of one 40-minute session.
Simplify to ease stress
Many of our holiday gatherings will look different this year due to the coronavirus. Make the situation into an opportunity to plan and participate in fewer, smaller and simpler festivities. By simplifying, your family can concentrate on the meaning of the holidays while easing the stress of the season.
Focus on the celebrations, not the food
Instead of creating an event that centers on a feast, plan a gathering that includes games, crafts or music. By changing the focus of the event, you are less likely to overeat. When you take the time to focus on real connections and genuine conversations with friends and loved ones, the need to load up on holiday indulgences becomes less important. Of course, you can still enjoy your holiday favorites but when you do partake, fill your plate with colorful veggies and yummy protein and stick to your TOP two holiday treats, meaning, don’t taste the whole goodie table. 🙂
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Up to 70% of the body is water, so it’s easy to understand why staying hydrated is vital for cells, organs, brain and muscles to function properly. Dehydration not only hurts physical health, it also leads to poor concentration, headaches and a negative mood. By drinking water (still, carbonated or fruit-infused) at every opportunity throughout the day, you keep your body and mind operating at peak efficiency during this busy time of year.
Get your rest
Even though your schedule may be packed, stay on track with your sleeping hours. Maintain any evening routines that help you wind down from your day.
I hope these 5 tips help ensure you start the new year with your good health intact. If more guidance is needed, or you want to step it up a notch, feel free to reach out to me at Bootogalifestyle@gmail.com or join me on http://Bootoga.com.
HAPPY HEALTHY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
From my heart to yours… love always,