The holiday season can be so busy that many of us, often, let our health take a back seat. There are plenty of tempting, unhealthy, habits that we can pick up during this time of year. Here are five, simple, holiday habits you can adapt to make sure you stay in tip-top-shape through this hectic and fun season.
Drinking an excess of alcohol is one of the biggest problems people face during the holidays. The ideal of having “more fun” at parties and treating yourself can easily get out of hand. Drinking too much can equate to feeling much worse later on in the day, evening, next day, and some times more. Drink smarter 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. Perhaps you and your friends/family can start a new tradition of taking a walk together after a big Holiday meal. Explore easy easy exercises you can do with your concentrator: . Be careful when you move about, take your time to do a little extra walking (be careful of ice and bundle up).
Wash Your Hands
Holiday season also means cold and flu season, so take the precautions for staying healthy, especially while you're out shopping and attending parties. Many people in an enclosed space, with circulating air, means a much higher chance of getting sick and catching germs. Wash your hands frequently and try not to touch door handles or other commonly touched surfaces. Focus on vitamins and supplements such as vitamin C and echinacea to boost your immune system, and eat as many fresh fruits, and vegetables 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 simply relax. 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 the last thing you want is to be ill on a Holiday.
Sit back and drink some hot chocolate, admire the holiday lights, and watch the snow fall (if you live in a state where it snows of course). There are often plenty of holiday specials on TV and a lot of community actives happening. Remember to cherish your loved ones and don't forget to get plenty of sleep and rest!
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. If you are making you’re own treats, try substituting some ingredients for healthier, fresher, and more natural ingredients.