It’s December and it’s the time for New Year’s resolutions, ugly holiday sweaters, family vacations, presents and a variety of other holiday-related events. Even though December is a month of tradition and celebrations, it is also a month of stress, expenses and poor self care habits. Here are a few tips to remain healthy during all the excitement and chaos.
Make sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to higher blood sugar and a tendency to eat foods with a high content of fat and sugar.
Schedule time for self-care and mental regeneration. Take at least 10-30 minutes a day to do something that brings you peace. For example: Take a nap, walk the dog, journal, meditate, or watch an episode of your favorite cooking competition. Remember that during this time of stress, you are allowed replenish your energy by separating yourself from those around you for a moment each day.
Plan your diet around your dietary goals:
If you eat more dessert, cut back on the carbs
If you eat more meals a day, take an extra 10-15 minute walk with family or friends
Don’t skip meals to prepare for a dinner because this habit can lead to overeating a unhealthy foods
The reality is that holiday time is a time for unity and love. So enjoy those around you and have a happy and healthy holiday!
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Author: Dr. Mièka Bryan PT, DPT
This information is generalized and intended for educational purposes only. Due to potential individual contraindications, please see your primary care provider before implementing any strategies in these posts