It’s almost here – the most wonderful time of the year! It’s also the time of year where people are the most stressed out. We are constantly making sure that no one is skipped on our lists, traveling to see family, and eating lots of unhealthy food just to name a few! This time of high stress can take a toll on your health, making you prone to getting sick and gaining weight. Here are a few When Way of Life tips to stay healthier with less stress during the upcoming holiday season:
Make lists. Making a list of things you need to get done helps tremendously with having to remember and worrying about forgetting something or someone. As you complete tasks on the list, you can cross it off and ensure that you get everything done. Seriously, just write it down?!Don’t stop exercising! It is important to continue your exercise routine to help combat stress and continue to keep you healthy! Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing. At the very least, move your body for 20 minutes a day. Go for a short walk…Stay hydrated! Half your body weight in ounces is the appropriate amount of water to be drinking daily. Water helps to take nutrients to the cells and remove wastes from your body. It will also keep your skin from looking dry during the cold. Yes, drink more water! Another trick if consuming ‘spirits’ during holiday time, always remember to have a glass of water as well.Be nice to yourself! Take a pause here. If you end up eating an extra slice of pie or mac and cheese, don’t let it get you down. If you know certain foods affect how you feel, continue to try to avoid those. Just remember to put good intentions and joy into your meals for the holiday season. It’s ok to enjoy yourself!Remember self-care! Self-care is so important every day, but especially during the holidays. Make sure you incorporate something you love daily: drink a cup of your favorite tea, take a bath, or read a book. Say “no” if you need to and take breaks. YOU come 1st! Then take care of your lists.Breathe! It is important to take a couple of minutes throughout the day and just breathe. Focus on taking deep breaths in and out for 1-2 minutes to help clear your mind.
Focus your intentions on the joy and happiness of the holidays and don’t stress about the small things. Things don’t have to be perfect – it’s the thought that counts the most. You can continue to use these tips throughout the year to help keep stress levels low in your daily life. Happy, HEALTHY, FUN holiday season!
Monica ǀ WHEN Health Advisor