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12 Tips to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

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The holiday season can be a time of joy and laughter, but it can also be stressful and sad. We often forget to take care of ourselves and what we need during this busy time. It’s easy to go from work to coming home, cooking dinner, doing the dishes, and then getting ready for bed before finally starting your day all over again. This article shares 12 tips that will help you stay healthy through the holidays.

Choose a healthy diet.

One of the most important steps you can take to stay healthy during the holidays is to make sure that your diet leans toward natural foods, not heavily processed ones. Simple steps like planning, cooking healthy meals with friends and family, and limiting alcohol consumption are all ways you can do this.

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Get enough sleep

Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. You can’t think straight, function well, or stay healthy without adequate sleep. Please find out how much sleep you need and find ways to get it. Keep your bedroom so dark it’s almost pitch black at night.

Stay hydrated

To stay hydrated, drink lots of water and avoid any sugary drinks. To curb your eating tendencies, drink a glass of water or tea before you eat. And lastly, try to plan a healthy dinner on a weekday, so you have more time on the weekends to enjoy all the holiday treats 🙂

Drink water, Little alcohol

Water is crucial to staying healthy. You can drink it hot or cold, with or without lemon or lime to make it fun. Alcohol is also significant for good health, but over-consumption can lead to problems.

Spend time with friends and family

The holidays are a time that many people look forward to. However, it also means that your social life will change, and you may not have as much time for yourself. Therefore, it is vital to set aside time to spend with friends and family and give yourself the gift of spending quality time with them.

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Avoid processed foods

Processed foods can contain high levels of sugar and salt. If you want to stay healthy during the holidays, avoid processed foods and opt for whole foods. Whole foods are unprocessed and unrefined, which means they retain their natural nutrients.

Turn your phone off or to silent mode.

One of the easiest ways to stay away from unhealthy foods during the holidays is to not have them anywhere in your line of sight. Turn your phone off, or to silent mode so social media do not tempt you

Drink green tea

An excellent way to maintain your energy level and stave off the crazy sugar highs and crazy low dips are by drinking green tea. Green tea has a variety of active ingredients that work together to keep you feeling energized.

Relax with yoga or meditation

Yoga and meditation are great ways to stay healthy during the holidays. Yoga can help you relieve stress, relax your body, and reduce pain or discomfort. Meditation has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol as well as lower blood pressure.

Channel stress into positive energy

The holidays are a stressful time for many people. But don’t get stuck feeling like this energy is negative. Instead, make the best of it and take any extra pressure you feel to create something positive. This can be anything from making your home sparkle, volunteering at an animal shelter, or sending out Christmas cards. Whatever you do, try to find the positive in any situation because it will keep you feeling better throughout the season.

Eat light dinner or fast in the evening.

It may sound counterproductive but eating at night can affect your metabolism. Eating an evening meal after 7 pm will reduce the amount of fat your body can burn for energy during sleep.

Manage emotions when you feel stressed out

It is never easy to say no. It is even more complicated when you are dieting and famished. But it is essential to resist the temptation of the foods that will derail your weight-loss goals. If you find yourself in a situation where you want to eat but don’t want to disappoint anyone or feel overwhelmed by holiday stress, use these tips to keep yourself on track.

These are some self-care tips to get you through the holidays and keep your health a priority.

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