The holidays are here and there’s something you can do about it! Sure, you can enjoy family, food and friends, but don’t lose sight of your health goals. Don’t approach the holiday season with reckless abandon and sacrifice the work that you’ve done all year. Stay the course and follow these tips to have a healthy holiday season.
All of the parties, shopping, and entertaining can sometimes cause a whirlwind of stress. It is important to spend time with family and friends but not at the expense of your mental health. The holiday season can be exhausting at best so be sure to take time for yourself when you are feeling overwhelmed. It is ok to slow down and take a breath, take a step back and focus on the things that are most important. During this time, make sleep a priority. It is important to re-charge for a healthy mind and body.
There may be some holiday dishes that you have been waiting for all year. Well guess what? You should absolutely enjoy your holiday favorites but be wise about your portion size. To help control portions, use smaller plates and utensils and limit yourself to one serving, eat what you absolutely love and not what you like, and resist the urge to splurge.
Build activity into your day during the holiday season. When shopping make a few laps around the mall before and after shopping. Instead of searching for the closest parking spot, park further way and get a few more steps in for the day. Start a few after dinner traditions like going for a walk after the meal or playing an interactive games that includes the whole family.
The holiday season in general is one of spending, spending, and more spending. Americans typically spend billions of dollars each year during the holiday season. Don’t get caught up in the moment and spend yourself into holiday debt. First things first. Understand that planning is EVERYTHING! Start with a holiday budget, make a list and stick to both. Pay with cash because that is the best way to stick to your holiday budget. Don’t spend money on things just because they are on sale, buy only the things that are on your shopping list. Finally, shop around for the best deals and use coupons when possible.