7. Get enough Sleep
The Holidays can be a stressful time for many of us, and often times we forget that we need down-time. If you have a lot of gift-wrapping to do, consider getting things wrapped in-store, or wrapping and labeling things immediately when you come in from shopping. That way, when the kids are pounding down your door at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning, you’ve gotten some rest. If you have a lot of cooking to do, consider what dishes would take well to being pre-assembled or having certain ingredients pre-prepared. Do as much of the chopping, sorting, and baking a day before to keep you out of the kitchen and getting enough sleep.
6. Make Sure to Exercise
Even if you do much less than usual, make sure you get some exercise in during the Holiday Season. Every calorie counts, and you can turn it into a quality-time event too. If you can drag the kids away from their favorite holiday specials, they will really enjoy their time with you. In addition, going for a walk can be a great way to refresh your mind during a chaotic home situation during the holidays.
5. Don’t Deprive
Seriously. I’m not kidding. Eat the things that you love to eat, after all – ’tis the season! But remember to use your head! Take reasonable portions of the things that you like, and load-up on healthier items to fill you up and keep your appetite in check. Depriving yourself can lead to serious lapses in judgement and binges, which are definitely not pretty.
4. Eat Beforehand
Make sure to eat before you go to a big event so that you don’t show up to a holiday party while STARVING! Having a small, healthy meal can really make a difference in the sorts of temptations you feel. Also, waiting all day to eat before a big event to ‘save calories’ is SUCH a no-no. You’ll end up eating much more than you had planned.
3. Bring a Dish
If you are concerned that there will be limited choices for healthy foods at a party or event you’re attending, prepare something yourself to share as a gift. Just think of the smile on everyone’s face when you tell them you’ve brought something for everybody. A lot of people appreciate the gesture, since hosting a party can be very demanding!
2. Drink Enough Water
Eating very rich foods over the holidays can add a lot of excess sugar and salt to your diet that you aren’t accustomed to consuming. This can leave you with a lingering full and bloated feeling. Try to make sure that you are hydrating properly, and limiting your intake of sugary beverages full of hidden calories. Save it for the food! The more caloric drinks you avoid, the more food fits into your day! Liquid calories, especially on top of holiday delicacies, really add up!
1. Remember that You are a Priority
In the spirit of the season of giving, make sure to remember that you are a priority in your life. Making time to take care of you in the middle of all the hectic (but fun!) season is very important. You will be a better Santa, a better host or hostess, and in general, more fun to be around if you remember to take a little time every day to unwind and take care of YOU!