The holiday season can be so busy that we might forget to do the simple things that keep us healthy. There are also plenty of tempting unhealthy habits that we can pick up during this time. This is a bad mix during the most wonderful time of the year. Here are five simple holiday habits you can pick up to make sure you stay healthy through this hectic and fun season.
Drinking too much alcohol is one big problem during the holidays. You want to have more fun at parties and treat yourself, but drinking too much can only lead to feeling worse later on. Drink smart and healthier this holiday season by sticking to champagne and dry wines, which contain less sugars and carbs than eggnog, beer and sweet wines. Stay hydrated and remind yourself to slow down by drinking water or a ginger ale throughout the night. Stay hydrated!
Exercise When You Can
Do as many things that require moving as much as possible. Be careful, but don't fight over the parking spaces closest to the entrance of the mall when you go shopping – take the time to do a little extra walking (be careful of ice and bundle up!). Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Try to get even some light exercise or a little jump rope in 3 or 4 times a week, which is better than nothing.
Wash Your Hands
Holiday season also means cold and flu season, so take the precautions for staying healthy, especially while your out shopping and attending parties and get together. Many people in an enclosed space with circulating air means a much higher chance of getting sick. Wash your hands frequently and try not to touch door handles and other commonly touched surfaces. Take vitamin C supplements and echinacea to boost your immune system, and eat as many fresh fruits and veggies as possible.
Try to Get Some Quiet Time
You've done some Christmas shopping and just wrapped some gifts, but there's so much more to do! Stop thinking about all the things you still need to do, and just relax for a while. Chances are, you can't do everything right at that moment, so there's no use stressing about it.
Stress will only cause your immune system to weaken, and you definitely don't want that. Sit back and drink some hot cocoa, admire the pretty lights outside and watch the snow fall. Watch some holiday specials on TV and remember why you loved this time of year as a child. Don't forget to get plenty of sleep!
Treat Yourself in Moderation
There are so many sweet treats everywhere, you can't just cut yourself off. Allow yourself to have one or two treats at a meal or a party and call it quits. Stay away from the candy bowl and try to spend some more time by the veggie tray. Don't load your potatoes with too much gravy, and take it easy on the stuffing.