With the busy holiday season in full swing, many of us aren’t able to come up for air. We are rushing from work to recitals to parties to shopping and the list goes on and on.
In the end, the holidays breeze by and we’re left in the wake of what the **** happened. You insert your favorite word.
Many don’t get enough sleep, eat way too much sugar and white flour, drink too much alcohol and run their bodies down and end up not feeling very good.
While I admit, I get sucked in too, I really do try to minimize the hits. Here are some of my favorite tips for staying healthy and sane over the holidays.
- Delegate as much as possible – we don’t have to do EVERYTHING ourselves. It may not be exactly as you would have done it. Does it really matter?
- Get as much sleep as possible – running on empty over a period of time adds to a weakened immune system, which leads to higher stress, which leads to illness. Plus nobody wants to hang out with a cranky you.
- Eat only the foods you absolutely love. Leave the ones you “like.”
- Just because it’s a “holiday tradition” doesn’t mean you need to partake.
- Do something fun and relaxing for you. Take a painting class, yoga class, get a massage, relax in the tub, read a good book, take up a new hobby like knitting or crocheting. You get the idea.
- Enjoy family and friends time, but not at the expense of “doing it all.” Be present and truly enjoy the time spent together.
- Start a new tradition. If you always host dinner, throw all eligible names in a hat and rotate the gatherings for the different holidays.
- Eating as much fresh and nutrient dense foods will help your body reset and feel satiated so you aren’t tempted to indulge in foods that you wouldn’t normally eat anyway.
- Don’t forget your probiotic rich foods and drinks. They help keep the bad bugs at bay and help you digest all the food you eat.
You may have some amazing suggestions to add to this list and I’d love for you to share them with us. Leave your comments below and let’s make a pact to breeze through the rest of the holidays healthy and vibrant.
To your health