Saturday, December 13, 2014

5 Ways to Stay Healthy (and sane!) During the Holidays

This time of the year is always filled with holiday celebrations - food overload, stress overload, to do list overload, alcohol overload. Ladies, this time of the year is consumed by an overload of everything. I’m not sure about you, but my brain has been spinning constantly since the day after Thanksgiving. Luckily, we’ve been able to escape the early rush of holiday parties, but I know the next two weeks are going to make up for a slow start to the month.

This is a time meant to be enjoyed and lived fully - not dreaded and full of stress. So here are 5 tips for staying healthy during the holidays. Make sure to love on yourself a little this holiday season. You can’t truly gives to others until you’ve given to yourself and filled yourself full.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy (and sane) During the Holidays

1. Move your booty!!
I’m sure you’re moving a lot with the aisles upon aisles you’re paroosing at Target for the perfect gift, but make sure to schedule in time for exercise this month! Not only does exercise help keep your body healthy but it’s also a great stress-reducer and happiness-increaser! When you exercise, your body releases these feel-good chemicals called endorphins. These bad boys are excellent mood-boosters that reduce your perception of pain and help put you in a good mood! So go move your booty, lady!

2. Take a time out!
The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year and the time when stress really rears it’s ugly head! So schedule in some down time. Curl up with a good book, enjoy a bubble bath, go for a walk without your phone. Making yourself a priority and taking that much needed time to relax will keep the panic attacks and melt-downs at bay. Be proactive. Love on yourself before the melt down and there won’t be a melt down! So easy options for quiet relaxation time are meditation, prayer, and yoga!

3. Get plenty of sleep!
Your body does all of the “real” work while you’re sleeping - repairing itself, building new muscle, and doing the hard work to keep you healthy. Sleep is crucial to a healthy life. It can also be one of the best defenses against getting sick or stressing out! Make sure you’re clocking 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

4. Eat your veggies!
Between the holiday parties and family cooking marathons, you’re going to be consuming more than usual during this time of the year (and my guess is that it won’t be all that healthy)! So, make sure to fill up on nutrient dense foods like leafy greens, fresh fruits, nuts and seeds! A spinach salad makes a great lunch and trail mixes are the perfect on-the-go-snack or appetizer for your family get-together. Fuel your body with the right nutrients this holiday season.

5. Simplify the craziness.
We all are tempted to overindulge during the holidays. Over-indulgence is about more than just food, though! We over-indulge on holiday parties and get-togethers which leads to burnout. We over-indulge on gift buying which leads to an empty wallet. We overindulge on commitments which leads to stress. All of this overindulgence leads to sadness and feelings of emptiness - the exact opposite of what the holiday season is all about. So this holiday season, simplify all of the craziness. Only commit to two holiday parties rather than four. Budget your Christmas shopping and don't overspend. Build time into your calendar for down-time with family. And actually enjoy the holidays, like they were meant to be enjoyed - simply.

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