Thanksgiving is behind us, and Christmas and New Year are looming just days away. All of the festivities are in full swing, so how is one to stay on track with health during the holidays?
Look I get it. I’m running around as well…parties, shopping, cooking, teaching…all while running a home based business, and now watching my new grandson a couple of days a week. It’s a lot. When life gets crazy, it’s easy to let your health take a back seat. I know because I’ve done it…over and over again.The problem is that all this extra stuff over the holidays puts an incredible amount of stress on our body. Our body, in return, will react…most of the time with fatigue and/or weight gain. But those aren’t the only issues, stress can show up in many other ways. When we do this year after year, the stress takes a cumulative affect on us. Here’s the reality: the holidays happen, yup every year. And I look forward to them. So what can you do NOW, perhaps differently than in the past to help combat the stress and stay on track? Here are my top 5 tips:
Set realistic expectations. Don’t try to do everything yourself. You can’t! Ask for help. You’ll be amazed how willing others are to wrap the presents, bring a dish, or do what ever it is you ask for. Also pick and choose the activities that you’ll do. Trying to do everything will stress you out. The holidays are to be enjoyed, yes even by you 🙂
Drink water. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times. If you are snacking, drinking adult beverages (more often than normal), or running around like a nut, toxins will build up in your body. Water is imperative to help flush out your system and keep you hydrated. You will feel so much better just by ensuring that you are drinking enough H2O. It’s true! Try it.
Walk walk walk. Working out may be the last thing on your mind and doesn’t really fit into your holiday schedule, and that makes it’s easy to put it off. But exercise will help combat stress. So even with all of the busyness, you can walk. It’s not difficult to add extra steps. Park far away from the store (not a hard one during this time of year.) Take a walk around the block during lunch or when you get home to clear your head. Just get moving!
Have a game plan. Remember, the holidays are IN December. They aren’t the entire month of December. Big difference yet many treat December as a free-for-all. There is no reason to go wild with food. Eating unhealthy foods a couple of times during the holiday season can be dealt with. Eating them all the time in December will put an incredible amount of stress on the body, possibly resulting not only in weight gain but adrenal fatigue and leaky gut, restless sleep.
Have a support system. This can be family, friends, or even online support including my Facebook page…hint hint. Sometimes we just need a safe place to vent and know we are not alone. I don’t know about you but just connecting with like-minded friends on social media helps keep me from reaching for the cookies. It’s the truth, I count on you for my accountability too.
In short, it IS possible to have an awesome Christmas and New Year season with minimal stress. You just have to plan for it, and then stick to your guns. When January rolls around and you are feeling way ahead of the game, you won’t regret having followed any or all of these simple tips. You and your body will be better off because of them. Now grab a glass of water and go take a walk. 😉
Life is a game, Play to Win, even in December!!
I am here to support you, reach out with questions or comments.