It’s no secret that the holidays can be a stressful time of year. But it’s important not to let stress take away from your enjoyment of the season—or, more importantly, your health. Here are a few things you can do to help manage your stress this December:
Make time for yourself. With a million things to do it may seem difficult, but taking some time for yourself each day—even just 15 minutes—can help you disconnect and put things into perspective. It can be as easy as taking a walk around the block to clear your head.
Take care of yourself. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, are eating well, and making time to move. These are important for good health and improve your mood, which puts you in a better place to combat stress.
Learn to say no. Prioritize the events and activities that you really want to participate in, and say “no“to those that don’t interest you as much. You don’t have to do it all, so don’t wear yourself out trying!
Breathe. If all else fails, take some deep, soothing breaths.
Make A Plan For Health This Holiday Season
With the year winding down and the holiday season in full swing, it can be hard to eat in a healthy way. But committing to your health doesn’t mean you have to give up all of your holiday favorites! By making a plan, you can enjoy the holidays to the fullest and make healthy decisions.
Eat before you go. Have a healthy snack before you head out the door so you don’t binge on appetizers and other snacks when you arrive. This will also help combat overeating when the main meal is served
Bring healthy options with you. If you’re going to a potluck, bring a dish that you know is healthy and delicious. Use more herbs and spices to flavor greens and other dishes to cut down on sodium. Or try adding onion and black pepper to black-eyed peas.
Watch portion sizes. Take small portions of the foods you want to try—you can always go back for more if you’re still hungry! If possible, try putting your food on a smaller plate to limit how much you can take at one time, and eat slowly so you can tell when your body is full.
Don’t make food the main event. Focus on friends, family, and activities instead of food. Take a walk after eating to see the lights and decorations in the neighborhood, join in the dancing, or propose a game to spend quality time with loved ones.
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