Being Proactive About Your Health During the Holidays
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, full of temptations to overindulge and ignore warning signs of stress. Although the holidays are eagerly anticipated by many, they can also be a bit overwhelming mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. However, you can be proactive about your health during the holidays with these helpful tips from Pegalis Law Group, LLC.
Limit Second Helpings & Plan Healthier Options at Gatherings
Just because the holidays bring feasts and gatherings doesn’t give you an excuse to go off your diet. Remember to think about portion control and try to limit second helpings of calories you don’t need. Try to avoid snacking before and after the big meal. Remember the saying, “out of sight, out of mind?” The quicker you put away the leftovers, the quicker the temptation to overindulge with second helpings will pass. Whenever possible, try to plan healthier options for your holiday meals. Look for recipes that use diet-friendly substitutions to limit sugars and fats. Consider adding more fruits and vegetables to the side dishes. Alcohol often places additional stress on your body. Even if you’ve already arranged for a designated driver, try to limit your alcohol consumption during this year’s festivities. Even if you do get off track diet or exercise-wise, don’t feel discouraged. Keep a food journal or exercise log to hold yourself accountable and focus on the future. Tomorrow is always a fresh start to set new goals!
Add More Steps While Shopping or Running Your Holiday Errands
Many of us have enormous holiday “to-do” lists this time of year. If you must be out and about shopping or running errands, make the most of it by adding more steps wherever you can. Instead of parking close to the grocery store or mall entrance, park a little further away. Walking can be a great stress reliever because exercise of any kind releases endorphins and gives you an extra boost of energy. Consider taking a walk after your holiday meal to enjoy a breath of fresh air and each other’s company or consider reviving the caroling tradition instead of plopping down in front of the television this year.
Give Back Without Overcommitting Yourself This Holiday Season
Taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of others this holiday season. Remember to keep hydrated and get plenty of sleep at night. Learn to say no to others. You can give back without overcommitting yourself to too many social and financial responsibilities. Sometimes you need to sit back, relax, and reflect on the true spirit of the holidays. Look for ways to make lasting memories and meaningful contributions to others that don’t involve overindulging in bad foods or spending more money than your budget allows. Remember to set limits and enlist others to help bear the burdens of shopping or preparing the holiday meals. Sometimes it takes a village to get through the holidays.
There’s nothing selfish about enjoying a little “me time.” Taking a relaxing bubble bath, enjoying a glass of wine, or going for a walk around the neighborhood can help you clear your head, so you’re ready to tackle the rest of your “to-do” list. Finding a new activity to keep active can help you reduce holiday stress and seasonal depression. See if there’s an indoor class at the local Y that you would enjoy doing with loved ones or that might provide the opportunity for you to make some new friends this year.
Keep Up with Those End-of-the-Year Doctor’s Appointments
You may be tempted to put off those end-of-year doctor’s appointments as you find yourself being stretched too thin for time this holiday season. Procrastination now could have severe consequences. When it comes to your health, nothing should be given a higher priority. You can likely put off running those errands, but you shouldn’t put off getting your annual exams. Visiting your doctor ensures you’re proactive about your healthcare and issues are detected early enough for life-saving treatments.
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