The Holidays are in full swing and we wanted to touch on a few things to consider in order to stay healthy, manage stress and live to see the other side without a bigger pile of bills than the gift pile. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s — these are supposed to be times of celebration, togetherness, and happiness. Yet, they can bring challenges to our physical and emotional health. Relax … we’ve got you covered! Enjoy yourself!
Here are a few Tips to help you begin.
It is common to gain 5-10 pounds during the holiday season, but there are ways you can eat both healthy and well. Know which foods are high in caloric content and low in nutrition. You don’t have to deprive yourself of treats like this, just remember to eat them in moderation. Stick with healthy options at home, and when visiting others, bring a healthy dish to share. Be careful of liquid calories, including eggnog and drinks with alcohol.
Plan for Safe Travel
Whether you are going down the block or halfway around the world, follow extra precautions. Give yourself extra time to travel with the additional holiday traffic. Never drink and drive. Pay attention to reports of extreme weather and listen to the warnings. If you are traveling by car, make sure to pack a First Aid kit, bottled water, snacks & power bars and extra blankets. Bring your doctors information with you when you are away, in case of a medical problem, and find out where the local ER is.
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. 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.
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, snow sprints — all of these can be great exercise. Enlist your loved ones to join you for quality bonding time. … If Granny can plank, anyone can!!
Stress Free Zone
November and December can be stressful! If you are working, you may be feeling the stress of managing your work duties, with home and family duties, along with extra commitments to your friends. You may feel the financial stress of gifts and the interpersonal stress of conflicts. Try to anticipate sources of stress and develop a plan to manage them. Maybe start by committing to fewer social activities and/or setting a tighter budget.
Depression increases during the holidays. If you notice signs of depression in a family member or friend, take an active role to support them by being there and listening. Invite co-workers or friends who are alone over the holidays to spend them with you. Volunteer and give to those less fortunate.
Take Care of 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 to something over the holidays. It may be something as simple as sleep. Wake up late and enjoy a day of rest. How about reading that book you’ve been meaning to for what seems like forever? Maybe a Mani/Pedi? or a Massage? OR A Whole SPA Day! 🙂
Happy Christmas! Festive Hanukkah! Merry Kwanza! Jolly Holidays! ; )