We’re in the thick of the holiday season, with just one week until Christmas and 2 weeks until we welcome 2019! While this can be a fun and festive time of year, we all know that it sometimes ends up being just the opposite – busy and stressful.
Whether you are a fighter, a survivor & thriver, or a supporter, your health is important! And the holidays can take a real toll on both our physical and mental health. That’s why we are reminding everyone to take a step back this year, and remember what is truly important. To make navigating this hectic time a little easier, we’ve rounded up some tips for making sure this is a healthy and stress-free holiday season:
Spend within your means
For most of us, a big part of the holiday stress comes from feeling stretched too thin financially. It feels like the list of people to shop for is never ending (your boss, your neighbor, your kids’ teachers..). Let’s all remember the childhood adage, “it’s the thought that counts” and banish the pressure to spend on overpriced candles and bath products. Instead, try gifting some homemade baked goods, a home cooked meal or a heartfelt card. Another great idea? Make plans to take your friend or family member out for a lunch date!
Don’t Be Afraid to Say No
And when you’re not stressing about finances, you’re probably stressing about not having enough time. Invitations to social events abound this time of year – and while you want to spend as much time as possible with your loved ones, don’t feel guilty if you have to turn down some invitations and say “let’s catch up in the New Year when the craziness dies down!”
Don’t Skip Your Workouts!
If you think of your workout as “me time,” don’t let that slip just because you’re busy! You need “me time” (and endorphins!) more than ever during the holiday season. So make it a priority to squeeze in a workout when you can – it’s a great way to destress and stay sane!
And Don’t Skip Dessert, Either!
Indulge, enjoy, and ditch all of the guilt! The holiday season only comes around once a year, so don’t beat yourself up for overindulging in all of the delicious foods and desserts! No food is “good” or “bad” as long as it fuels you and you enjoy it. Guilt is so not worth your energy this holiday season!
Boost Your Immune System
The weather’s cold, it’s flu season, and you’re hugging way more people than usual – protect yourself and boost your immune system! Take your vitamins, wash your hands often, and make it a priority to eat a lot of fruits and veggies (they will help you feel your best and will boost your immunity)!
So when things get a little hectic over the next couple of weeks, we hope you will remember these tips for enjoying a healthy and stress-free holiday. We wish you all a wonderful holiday spent relaxing, slowing down, indulging and celebrating!