There are a million reasons why Christmastime is the most wonderful time of the year. But, oftentimes, we forget about the beauty and happiness during the season and are left unhappy, unhealthy and stressed. Here are my five tips to have a healthy holiday season.
Stay active: Make sure you’re working out at least 30 minutes each day during this time of year in addition to daily shopping trips, mall walking, etc. Or, join a holiday race of 5k to stay active during the holidays. You can stay active while making a difference.
Make healthier recipes: You don’t have to eat heavy, holiday food from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve. Find healthy recipes that your family and friends will enjoy in addition to mashed potatoes and stuffing. You’ll thank yourself when Jan. 1 rolls around.
Use a smaller plate: If you’re working on eating consciously, try eating meals on a smaller plate. This will give the illusion that you’re eating more when you’re actually eating proper portions. On Thanksgiving and Christmas day, you can put away the plate as a reward for your hard work in between holidays.
Say no: Not only does holiday health include fitness and food, but also mental and emotional health. Holidays are a time of giving, but don’t give up all of your spare time. You’ll be stressed during the happiest time of he year. Say no and give yourself a break. You deserve it.
Embrace the holiday season: Walk outside in the snow, spend an extra day with your family watching movies, bake cookies, give a gift to a stranger. Embrace the elements Christmas brings each year. There’s a reason why it’s the most wonderful time of the year, so make it wonderful.
What are your tips on staying stress-free during the holidays? Make sure to leave your tips in the comments below or tweet them to @BlissBrunette on Twitter. Enjoy your weekend and I will talk to you on Monday.