Happy Holidays

The holiday season can be very hectic and stressful for some.  This holiday season don’t break your healthy habits.  Give yourself the gift of health and wellness this holiday season.

Utilize these tips and tricks to survive the holidays:

Eat small amounts of the foods you love– don’t feel deprived; take a small piece of the food you love.  Look over the table/ foods pick out one thing that you really would love to enjoy. The rest of your plate can be filled with healthy food options.

Eat a high fiber snack before you go to the party.  Fiber makes you feel full.  If you aren’t feeling hungry you may not overindulge at the party.

Pace yourself-It takes a few minutes for your brain to realize your stomach is getting full.  You can eat a lot of extra food in those few minutes.  Set your fork down between bites and sip some water.  Make it a goal to be the last one finished eating at the table.

Plan Realistic Workouts:  Fit a cardio routine to whatever time you have, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Choose activities that are quick and easy to do: walking, running, jump roping or cycling.

Exercise wherever you can:  Take the stairs, park far away, cut down your own Christmas tree.   Use every opportunity to get in more movement.

Make it a family affair:  Plan active things to do during the holidays.  Go Ice Skating or Sledding.  Walk around the neighborhood to look at holiday decorations.  Getting others involved can make exercise more fun.

Know your spending limit:  Lack of money is one of the biggest causes of stress during the holiday season.  Set a Holiday Budget and stick to it.

Manage your time: 

  • Set priorities and let go of impossible goals.
  • Stop to enjoy what you have accomplished.
  • Ask for help.  You are only one person, don’t stretch yourself too thin. 

Learn to Say No:  Saying no during the holiday season isn’t easy, especially if you are saying no to family or close friends. Don’t overbook yourself.  Saying no can give you some room to relax and decompress during the holidays.

 

Nicole Wiegert

Wellness RN

Agnesian Healthcare

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