Focusing on having healthy holidays and a season of joy and celebration allows you to enjoy good times when friends and family come together to celebrate another year gone by. This is a timely reminder after the last few years of how wonderful it is to get together, enjoy face-to-face contact and hug someone.
Unfortunately, this time can also become a time when we overextend ourselves and neglect our health, usually, with the idea we’ll get back on track after the holidays and make health one of our new year’s resolutions.
It doesn’t need to be like this. With simple planning and mindfulness, your health can stay a priority, and you can end the year feeling just as good as you’ll be starting a new healthy year ahead.
1. Good planning supports healthy holidays
A successful holiday season that is less stressful starts with good planning. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the food preparation, gift shopping, socialising and anything else on your to-do list.
Don’t let it swamp you. Start by writing a list of everything that needs to be done. Use the list to schedule and plan when things need to be done. Plan when you’ll go shopping, wrap presents, bake, prep the food or even have a quiet moment. Having a schedule can support you to avoid being overwhelmed as everything is under control. It’s also a good idea to schedule some physical activity so it doesn’t get forgotten among all the holiday activities. And remember to build free time into your schedule too!