It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But it’s also a time of endless partying, eating, drinking and shopping that can easily wreck havoc on your health. With never-ending to-do-lists and constant indulgences, you might feel wiped out before you start celebrating. Instead of letting the stress of the season prevent you from truly enjoying this time of family, friends and festivities, here are a few health tips to keep you smiling with energy throughout the holiday. You can have yourself a merry little Christmas — and a healthy one too!
1. Eat your greens
Christmas trees shouldn’t be the only green objects in your sight during the holidays! Fill your plate with an abundance of green vegetables to get your fair share of water, fibre and nutrients. These vegetables will rid your body of toxins from that piece of figgy pudding. The fibre in these nutritious powerhouses will keep you fuller longer, so you will be less likely to reach for that second piece of pie. Don’t beat yourself up for treating yourself to a delectable dessert, but remember to balance it out with some greens!
2. Stay active
The best gift of all isn’t wrapped underneath the tree. It’s wrapping yourself up in the presence of friends and family. Spend time with your friends and family in a more active way. Take a stroll to see the neighborhood’s Christmas lights with your family. Or if you dare, try your skill at ice skating or that last minute shopping or sales frenzy will certainly keep you in trim.
3. Find time to unwind
In the midst of Christmas preparations, it’s easy to feel like your energy is zapped. Instead of crashing on the couch and missing out on all of the fun, make your days merry and bright by taking a few minutes of alone time. Focus on taking deep breaths so that you are more aware of the present and are able to relax your body and mind. You will increase your energy, improve your mood and appreciate everything around you.
4. Get a good night’s sleep
Aim for beauty sleep or as close to eight hours as you can. When you get less sleep than your body needs, your smile will get lost as you struggle to keep focused. Sleep deprivation means feeling lethargic, moody, irritable and unable to concentrate. Too little sleep means your cortisol levels will increase, which leads to elevated body fat storage and more cravings for those Christmas cookies. Enjoy the parties, but make sure you leave with enough time to get that beauty sleep.
5. Beat the germs
Cold weather doesn’t just mean sleigh rides, and white picture postcard scenery. As the temperature decreases, your body becomes more susceptible to viruses and bacteria. Rather than spending Christmas with a box of tissues and being tired and listless, take preventative measures by keeping a hand sanitizer in your bag, washing your hands thoroughly and keeping warm.
Well, here’s wishing you a healthy season.