Staying Healthy During the Holidays
The holiday’s are a chaotic time. Between all the shopping, traveling, food, and time with family and friends, it can be easy for us to forget about taking care of our health. Since we know how difficult it can be during the holiday season, we have put together a few tips to help keep you healthy and safe for the rest of 2020.
One of the biggest holiday challenges we face is with food. The large feasts where we gorge ourselves on everything from mac and cheese to pecan pie may get the most attention, but they aren’t the only temptations we face. Those cookies piled with frosting and the pretzels that we pick up at the mall while Christmas shopping add to the problem, and don’t count out a few servings of holiday nog! Limiting treats can go a long way if you want to avoid adding a few holiday pounds, but being mindful of portion sizes and overdoing it on sugar during the holiday season can make all the difference. The best thing you can do is make sure to maintain a healthy diet year round, and enjoy the spoils of holiday cooking and family feasts in moderation!
In the midst of a pandemic, flu season, and being around more people, it is incredibly important to make sure our immune systems are firing on all cylinders. The stress, lack of sleep, and general diet changes that come with the season can all put a damper on your immune health. Take steps to avoid getting sick by washing your hands often, social distancing and wearing your mask. Prioritizing rest is key to keeping your immune system healthy, as is reducing stress. While indulging in your favorite treats, make sure you still get the proper nutrients to maintain a strong immune system, whether it is through food or supplements-Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Zinc & Magnesium; just to name a few.
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Obviously sleep is important year round, but it is another thing that we don’t get enough of during the holidays. It’s understandable, as there are a lot of things to do and even more things on our minds. Making a conscious effort to get enough high quality sleep will not only help us get all things on our list accomplished, it will also help us have a more enjoyable holiday, all while helping to maintain our mental and physical health. Giving your body the time to recover through sleep keeps you healthier and engaged – so you can enjoy the holiday season.
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The holiday season can interrupt the daily workout grind in the best of ways; but keeping up with your workouts is key to staying on top of your health – even if you have to modify your exercise schedule. Exercising will help you negate the effects of those extra calories you consume, help with your sleep quality, alleviate stress, and give a boost to your immune system as well. Plus, it will help you maintain the habit of exercising into the new year without the discomfort of having to get back on track after a prolonged period of holiday movies and festive events.
What many call “the most wonderful time of the year” can also be called the most stressful. Worrying about travel, gifts, food, money, jobs, and dealing with family members can exacerbate stress levels and your overall mental health. Taking time to relax may be challenging, but doing so is key to maintaining our mental health, and will help our bodies stay healthy too.
It may seem easier to put a focus on your health after the holidays are over, but trust us, it’s worth it to stay healthy all year. Give yourself the gift of better health this year – check out our Getting Started page to begin your journey to staying healthier, longer. https://ways2well.com/getting-started/
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