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Stick With Your Healthy Habits During the Holidays

Stick With Your Healthy Habits During the Holidays

Don’t neglect your own wellbeing during a hectic and stressful time of year.

Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget to take care of our own health. And this year, as the global pandemic stretches into the winter season, it’s even more important to stick to our wellness routines. Our traditions and celebrations will likely look much different this year. Practicing these healthy habits can maintain normalcy during a busy time.

Don’t neglect your exercise routine
This often falls off the schedule during the holiday season, but you’ll feel happier if you stick to your workout plan. Try to exercise at the same time every day so it becomes a habit. Bundle up and head outside for a walk, stream your favorite classes, or even just do some yoga poses when you wake up.

Enjoy holiday foods, but keep a balanced diet
You may be looking forward to your favorite meals and treats during this time of year. A healthy diet means eating in moderation. Don’t feel guilty for partaking in a high-calorie meal. Instead, enjoy your food in the moment, but the next day, follow a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.

Watch your alcohol consumption
Drinking more than you would normally consume can be common during this time of year. However, episodes of binge drinking can impair your judgement and worsen your health. Plus, no one wants to wake up with a terrible headache the next morning. Stick to one drink per day for women and two for men. However, if you don’t currently drink, there is no reason to start.

Take some down time
It’s important to schedule in time to relax and do things that make you happy during this busy time of year. Think about what keeps your stress at bay. It could be a bath at the end of the day, making time to read, doing holiday crafts, practicing meditation, watching something that makes you laugh—anything that makes you feel joyful and recharged.

Stick to your sleep schedule.
Try not to stay up too late wrapping presents or baking another round of cookies. Instead, lay down at your typical bedtime and wake up when you normally would. A good night sleep can help you feel relaxed and ready to take on your to-do list.

Keep up your illness prevention
Flu season and the COVID-19 pandemic coincide with winter holidays. Don’t get lax about the habits that keep you healthy. Wear your mask and maintain proper social distance when shopping and at any gatherings. Follow your state and local restrictions that limit the amount of people present at indoor parties, but know the safest celerbrations are only with those who live in your house. Wash your hands frequently. Carry hand sanitizer with you. You’ll have a happier holiday if you can avoid any illnesses.

Medically reviewed in November 2020.

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