It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrations, gift shopping and family gatherings are added to our routines, leaving us devouring a few too many calories, losing sleep and forgetting to take care of ourselves. You definitely deserve the festive indulgences, but these tips will help you stay mindful and healthy over the holidays:
1. Try to Maintain a Normal Routine
Emphasis on “try.” We stick to normal most of the year, and we look forward to the exciting holiday season. However, it’s beneficial to avoid giving up on your healthy lifestyle efforts entirely. When you have time to squeeze in a workout, absolutely do it! Even 10 minutes a day makes a difference. For flawless skin at all of your holiday gatherings, keep to your usual skin care routine. Don’t skip washing your face or moisturizing no matter how tired and busy you are.
2. Make Exercise Part of the Festivities
Motivate yourself to keep moving by making physical activities part of your celebrations. Think of staying active as an opportunity for additional family time. Participate in a holiday-themed run, and invite your friends and family to join to keep you motivated. Encourage a family walk after dinner before cozying up to watch “The Polar Express.” Join in on the snowball fights, games of hide-and-seek and energetic dancing to favorite holiday songs. You’ll get your heart racing from the movement—and enjoy a mini abs workout from the consistent laughter.
3. Save the Indulgences
We agree that holiday goodies and libations are utterly irresistible, and we don’t think you should force yourself to give up on your favorite tastes of the season. Instead, save the indulgences for when they really count. Between holiday parties, be mindful of your eating habits. Keep taking healthy lunches to work and making nutritious meals when you’re home for dinner. When it’s time for the holiday meals, don’t pile your plate with everything in the buffet. Carefully choose the foods you really love, leaving behind anything you can live without.
4. Avoid Getting Sick
Don’t let the sniffles get you down during the holidays. Bundle up with the appropriate layers to protect yourself from the frigid weather. Try to maintain your sleep schedule and carve out a little quiet time for yourself when you can. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommended the following holiday health tips:
Wash your hands often.
Get checkups and vaccinations.
Handle and prepare food safely.
Be active for at least 2.5 hours a week.
5. Give Yourself a Gift, Too
It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of the holidays and excessively worry about pleasing everyone else. It’s important to treat yourself, too! Buy yourself a new sweater, schedule a hair appointment or take a relaxing bath with luxurious bath bombs. Surround yourself with mood boosters, like a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Choose a seasonal bouquet to brighten your home or office, or you can take advantage of our Deal of the Day and a local florist will design one for you. We hope they add to your happy and healthy holiday season!