It’s that time of year again. It’s hard to believe another year has flown by. The holidays are almost here. Christmas songs are on the radio, shops are displaying their Christmas themed windows, and my inbox is full of Christmas wishes. With the risk of sounding a little like the Scrooge, please be sensible this holiday. It’s not called the silly season for no reason. With all the partying, drinking, indulging, overeating and running around from event-to-event and shop-to-shop, it’s no wonder many of us feel tired, rundown, overweight and stressed as the new year comes around.
What if this year you gave yourself a gift and entered the new year feeling refreshed, energized, slim and relaxed? It’s really not so difficult. Just a little discipline and willpower, that’s all.
Top 5 Tips to help you stay healthy over the holidays:
Remember to keep up with your exercise routine. Just because you were out and about the night before is no excuse to sleep in and forego your workout. Staying active will help you feel better. I promise! Try and exercise outside as much as possible and take advantage of the bright sunny summer days. If a run is too much, how about calling a friend and take a brisk walk around the park.
As much as Christmas is a lovely time to catch up with all your friends and family, remember to take some time out for YOU. Take a few moments in the day to practice meditation or stress-relieving breathing techniques. We’re conditioned to think that Christmas is all about giving, so how about taking the time to give to yourself as well this year. Don’t get stressed out over Christmas present buying. Plan your shopping in advance, write a list of all the presents you need to buy and avoid the frenzied crowds.
Remember to make healthy choices this Christmas. It’s easy to get carried away with all the puddings and chocolates and shortbread and party food, but before over-indulging remember how it’s going to make you feel the next day. Remember to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. If you do like enjoying Christmas treats, limit your portion size.
Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. If you do drink alcohol, remember to alternate every alcoholic drink with a glass of water and please don’t drink on an empty stomach. Best to have a healthy snack before you go to the party as it will also prevent you from snacking on unhealthy party food. Dandelion tea is a great herbal tea to drink throughout the days when you know you’re going to be drinking alcohol, as it helps to detoxify the liver.
Get plenty of rest and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night. It’s not going to make or break your life if you don’t go to EVERY holiday party. How about having a night in? Create a relaxing spa experience at home, snuggle up on the couch with a good book or DVD and get to bed early.
And if all that fails, please don’t beat yourself up about it. Take each day as it comes and strive for a healthier day the next day during the holiday season!