The holiday season is well underway, and we’re coming to a close in 2019. The year has flown by and if you’re excited about the holiday, don’t forget to prioritize your health.
Between the travel and food, it’s important that you prioritize your health this holiday season. Take a look at a few of my tips to help you enjoy the festive season to the fullest.
With all the hustle and bustle between traveling or party-hopping and maybe not being in your own house and bed, this time of year can get especially tiring. It’s great so many people want to see you, but it’s really okay to say “no” to a few invites.
Instead, opt to stay in and relax every once in a while, read a book, or make a meal at your own pace. Not only will this give you a sense of accomplishment, but it will also help you “reset” during such a busy stretch of time. It’s important to set aside time to engage in your own self-care to stay balanced and keep yourself mentally and emotionally healthy despite the busyness of the season.
Whether you’re tempted to eat the Christmas cut-out cookies, or you get a little thirsty for after-dinner eggnog, think twice. Just because it’s a fun time doesn’t mean you should completely let yourself go. Make that holiday treats extra special by turning them into an incentive after your exercise or limit yourself to only a few a day.
If your schedule has a string of parties coming up, plan ahead to have a healthy breakfast or lunch to balance things out. Another tip I tend to follow is bringing a healthy dish to the party. Ask the host what they need and suggest something you like that’s also nutritious so you always have a safe option to snack on.
Include Family and Friends
After you “reset” on your well-earned night off, take time to be around your family and closest friends. This is a special time of year and being around a close, supportive group makes a significantly positive emotional impact on your well-being.
Focus on your presence more so than the presents and appreciate the people you have in your life. Just as this year has passed quickly so will the time with your loved ones.
Get in a Routine
Whether you vow to wake up and go for a walk or get in an afternoon workout, starting is always the biggest obstacle. For some people, starting a new habit can become automatic after just over two weeks, so get started.
If you’re already good at working out, try taking some more time for yourself each morning to get ready. This will help you feel more energized and confident before starting to dive into your packed holiday to-do lists or social gatherings.
Consider applying a winter-friendly moisturizer to protect your skin from dry air, or maybe a daily hair loss treatment to promote hair growth. Whichever way you choose to practice physical self-care every morning, taking the time to do it will help your overall health and confidence improve with time and help you fully enjoy each day.
As you move into the New Year, you’ll be happy you started prioritizing your own health and happiness. Between eating healthy, valuing time with family, and nailing down a self-care routine, you’ll be well on your way to a great 2020.
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