Enjoying the season's many offerings is a great way to keep your spirits up during the colder months. This time of year is perfect for spending quality time with loved ones, celebrating the holidays, and setting goals for the coming year. It's easy to overindulge and make too many ambitious plans during the holiday season, only to feel the repercussions in the new year. How can you spend the holidays without letting your health take a hit?
We're here to tell you that the Holidays can be something other than an all-or-nothing situation regarding your health and wellness if that's what you're thinking. Striking a balance between doing what makes you happy, sticking to healthy habits, and having fun during the holiday season is feasible. Here are some things to remember so that you can have a joyful and healthy holiday season this year.
1. Make sure you're getting enough rest.
Due to the stress and business of the holidays, it may take a lot of work to obtain a decent night's sleep. A lack of sleep causes changes in appetite that favor high-calorie meals, a decrease in fat metabolism, an increase in the stress response, and a corresponding reduction in basal metabolic rate. You may prevent the negative effects of sleep debt by getting the recommended amount of sleep each night (between 7-9 hours).
2. Maintain a balanced diet.
The levels of blood sugar, energy, and appetite may be maintained throughout the day by eating a series of small, frequent meals high in complex carbs, lean protein, and some healthy fat, and one or more servings of fruit or vegetables are also added. Overindulgence is more likely if you're already feeling hungry before setting out on a day of Christmas shopping or arriving at a social function. You'll have more control over your cravings if you eat regular, healthy meals. Fresh fruit with mixed nuts, precut vegetables, and hummus make for a terrific on-the-go snack or pre-social event meal.
3. Maintain an active lifestyle.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires consistent physical activity. Exercising regularly is crucial for several reasons, including maintaining a healthy metabolism and cardiovascular system and lowering and managing stress levels. The Christmas season may be stressful with a packed social schedule and extended family, but reducing this stress can help you relax and enjoy the holiday season. Squats, push-ups, lunges, burpees, and planks may make up a primary at-home circuit.
4. Limit your alcohol intake.
Alcohol may be harmless when used in moderation, but excessive use can have negative health effects. There is a rapid accumulation of alcohol's caloric costs. Reduce your alcohol intake to no more than two drinks every day. Choose a wine or wine spritzer and alternate with sparkling water to reduce calories and keep you hydrated.
5. Do not smoke.
The most fantastic method to keep warm this winter is finally kicking the smoking habit. More importantly, it will help you improve your health over time, making you more resilient to seasonal colds and flu. Last but not least, we must not overlook that the Christmas and New Year's celebrations mark the beginning of winter.
6. Make sure you schedule some downtime for yourself.
Who has time to focus on themselves at this hectic time of year? You do. Avoid burnout by prioritizing your needs and those of others by scheduling regular time off. Take care of yourself and others by doing simple things. Simply soak in the tub for a while. You can sleep for 10 more minutes if you just shut your eyes. On the drive home, make time for a yoga session. Alternatively, you may go for a lengthy stroll in the park. Put your troubles and your blessings on paper. In some ways, the Christmas season is a very stressful and frantic time of year. Be careful to give yourself time to unwind and calm down. Relax by soaking in a hot tub, reading a good book, or taking a nature stroll.
7. Have a good time with the people you care about.
Travel prohibitions preventing individuals from crossing borders mean that ex-pats living abroad won't be able to see their families this winter. Maintaining those relationships is crucial even if you can't physically be with your loved ones. This will help you and your loved ones stay connected and preserve a good outlook.
8. Donate to charity.
The spirit of the holidays is one of kindness and giving to one another. Donating to others is a great way to strengthen your sense of community. Holiday joy may be amplified by helping those less fortunate. Help at a nearby elderly center, give to a children's hospital, or volunteer at a soup kitchen. For the most part, the goal of the Christmas season is to spread kindness toward people. Helping others is a great way to strengthen your sense of community. Be generous and show your affection for others in little ways. Do your part for the community by donating to the food pantry, even if it's only a few cans from the dollar shop. Go give a pal a big hug. Put money in a stranger's meal tab.
9. Keep your expenditures in check.
Some alternatives to giving material presents include organizing a gift swap, donating to a favorite charity in the name of friends and family, or offering gift cards for babysitting, snow removal, or a home-cooked meal. In addition, you may buy a gift card for a small amount, and the recipient will remember you fondly every time they use it to buy anything like a cup of coffee or a song download. It's easy to lose track of your spending around the holidays, but it's best to be careful. To keep from debt, create a budget and stick to it.
10. Relax and take a deep breath.
Create some space in your schedule for you. You need to do something that you like. Get some time to yourself. You could feel rejuvenated enough to take care of all you need in only 15 minutes of quiet time alone. Find anything that helps you relax by taking your mind off things, slowing your breathing, and calming your anxious thoughts.
If you follow these guidelines, you may enjoy the best of the (sometimes stressful) Christmas season without sacrificing your health. Feeling and looking your best can help you resist the need to overindulge in holiday delicacies and instead welcome loved ones with enthusiasm and positivity. Furthermore, you won't have to feel bad about overeating or skipping exercises, giving you a jump start on your resolutions for the new year in 2023.