The season-to-be-jolly also tends to be the season to overeat, overspend, stress out, and become ill. Want to stay healthy and stress free this holiday season? Follow these 20 tips and take a little of the chaos out of your Christmas.
1. Trim the to-do list. Are your tasks on your list a want or a need? If it’s not a necessity, knock it to the bottom, or if possible, completely off your to-do list.
2. If they offer the free wrapping, take it. No brainer.
3. Scale back on decking your halls. Don’t go as far as a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, but if you’re running out of time, stick with the festive three: front door, tree, and one focal point.
4. Delegate. If the kids or significant other want to help, let them. Don’t try to do everything yourself.
5. Limit your gift buying. Draw names for adults or limit gifts to children only.
6. Set a budget. Budget, make a list, and stick to it as close as possible.
7. If you can’t afford it, don’t buy it. The holidays are about the people, not the stuff. Teach that to your children and they won’t be disappointed if there are only a couple gifts under the tree.
8. Rejuventate. The holiday rush can take its toll emotionally and physically. Take just 10 minutes to do nothing but breathe.
9. If traditions aren’t working, get rid of them. Traditions are great, but if they are stressful, tiring, or time consuming, maybe they should be rethought.
10. Whatever will be will be. Remember, nothing is perfect
11. Beat the blues. If you feel down, go outside, even if it’s cold. Sunlight and exercise are great for your disposition. And don’t hesitate to talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling.
12. Get some ZZZs. Getting 8½ to 9 hours of sleep a night during the holidays can help strengthen your immune system, give you more energy, and make you less vulnerable to stress.
13. Fend off germs. Germs are everywhere—malls, airports, parties…wash hands often. Also, keep your forks, spoons, glasses and straws to yourself. People can be contagious before they know it, so sharing may put you at risk.
14. Food on the go. Carry a healthy snack with you while running holiday errands. This will help keep you from making bad food choices.
15. Remember your precious people. Schedule time with those who may need you the most this holiday season, like a relative in a nursing home or friend in the hospital. It will be good for both of your emotional and mental health.
16. Pre-func. No, not that kind. Have a high-protein snack before a feast or party. It will curb your appetite, making it easier to make good food choices.
17. Drink in moderation. Before a social event, plan what and how much you’ll drink. Alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will help you pace yourself and stay hydrated.
18. Move away from the buffet. Find a room that’s not full of food. You’ll be less tempted to eat if you can’t see what you’re missing.
19. Bring the veggies. Bring a party platter of sliced veggies and yogurt dip, or another healthy appetizer. Then you’ll know there will be at least one healthful choice to nibble on.
20. Don’t blow it. If you overindulge at a holiday gathering, don’t use it as an excuse to overeat for the rest of the year. An occasional lapse does not cause excessive weight gain but several weeks of over-eating may.
Remember, the holiday season is a joyful time, filled with family, friends and the spirit of giving. Don’t let the season overwhelm you. Relax and enjoy celebrating with your loved ones.
The Sadler Injury Law Group wishes you a healthy and happy holiday.