Where do you go during the hectic holiday season for a little bit of calm and some quiet moments alone?
Whether it’s your hot tub, your back porch, or a reading nook with a cup of hot cocoa, the most important thing for a healthy holiday season is to find a place for a little solitude, rest and relaxation.
In this article, we look at five tips for healthy holidays. We encourage you to insist on those moments of calm. Don’t fall into the trap of being busy all the time which in turn can lead to exhaustion and a virus. Take care of yourself with these tips.
#1: Take 10 Minutes for Yourself
All it takes is 10 minutes to feel refreshed and ready for what life throws at you during the holidays.
Take 10 minutes for yourself:
- Go for a quick walk.
- Take a hot tub soak.
- Sit and look out the window.
- Take a short nap.
In addition, try doing holiday tasks in 10 minute chunks. For example:
- Work on your gift lift.
- Wrap packages.
- Address cards.
- Make a to-do list.
You’ll find that doing things in shorter blocks of time leaves you feeling like you’ve actually accomplished something. You won’t feel so rushed.
#2: Get a Pen and Make a List
Make an old fashioned list on pencil and paper. Put your most pressing to-do items first and go from there.
The most important part of your list is going back and checking things off when you’re done. You can have a private, mini victory party each time to check an item off your list.
Check your list in the morning and in evening to help you stay on top of it. And, remember – don’t spend more than ten minutes.
#3: Go Exercise
Aim for at least three hours of exercise a week during the holidays. If you have more time, great!
One trick is to get ready exercise by putting on your workout clothes and tennis shoes. This is a constant reminder that it’s time to get moving.
A health holidays is sure to be yours if you keep exercise on the agenda. Don’t feel bad about shortening your sessions. The important thing is that you’re doing it.
#4: Don’t Try to Diet
Re-frame your thinking. Ditch the diet notion and stick to moderation.
Trying to diet during the holidays is not only torturous but really hard on your mental well being.
Allow yourself treats in moderation. It’s okay to indulge a little as long as you keep it in check.
To help you, keep healthy snacks in your fridge and plan your meals carefully. This means on the occasions you do go out that you can splurge a little.
#5: Enjoy a Warm Soak
Whether you have a hot tub or a warm bath tub, you want to make time several times a week for a short soak. This will help alleviate holiday stress and make you feel refreshed when it’s time to be with family and friends.
A warm soak before bedtime helps you get rid of the day’s stress for a relaxing, deep sleep. You’ll feel great in the morning and ready to handle anything, including that very long shopping list.
The trick to healthy holidays is taking care of yourself. Once you do that, everything else falls into place. We encourage you to put these five tips to use for a great holiday season!
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