8 Health Tips for the Holiday Season

December 15, 2019
Blossom Family Chiropractic

8   H E A L T H   T I P S   F O R   T H E   H O L I D A Y   S E A S O N

1. Take a moderate approach to the desserts and drinks
Stick with healthy eating 80-90% of the time and give yourself a little wiggle room to enjoy your favourite things, without stressing out about it.~

2. Get enough sleep
Whether it is in the form of naps or even sleeping in, prioritising your sleep with greatly improve your health and recovery from the festive activities.~

3. Keep stress at bay
When you’re feeling overwhelmed with a busy schedule, parties, shopping, etc it is important to incorporate tactics to ease the stress. Having a form of stress relief activity will help with this, some examples may be meditation (apps: calm or headspace) yoga, exercise or even colouring and puzzles.~

4. Move more 
Your usual workout schedule may be on hold but schedule family walks after a big meal, wake up early to do an exercise routine (you can do a follow along routine on youtube). A few good tips: park far away from the stores, take the stairs instead of the escalator and wear comfy shoes so you can walk at a faster pace.~

5. Eat normally wherever possible
On a day where a big holiday meal is planned, it’s helpful to eat other meals as you would on any normal day. Your meals can be a bit smaller than your everyday meals, but definitely don’t skip meals. This way you won’t be ravenous when dinner comes around and you’ll likely make better choices.~

6. Hydrate
Keep up with water intake, in particular on warmer days or days where alcohol is involved. Sparking or iced water can be a good alternative to mix it up a bit.~

7. Engage Your Brain without technology
Instead of switching off in front of the Netflix or your laptop, keep your mind active by playing games like Trivial Pursuit or Charades, sudoku or crosswords. This could also a great way of getting everyone together. Remember to focus on that one activity, rather than checking your socials while playing. ~

8. Remember the REAL reason for the season 
Eat, be merry and enjoy yourself, but remember that holidays aren’t all about the food or gifts.Step away from the table and enjoy all the other things the season has to offer: faith, family, friendship, LOVE, reflection, decorating, relaxation, etc~

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