Four simple ways to feel good for the holidays
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Welcome to the holiday season – a whirlwind of gift-giving, decorating, baking and party planning. This season is meant to bring laughter and cheer, but often times people end up feeling tired, stressed and physically drained.
If you’re one of those people feeling more frazzled than festive and flabbier than fit during this time of the year, here are four tips from Dr. Lynn Wagner with Integrative Lifestyle Medicine BayCare Clinic that will help you survive and thrive during this holiday season.
- Don’t let the food take over – Realize that you’re going to be surrounded by food that might taste great but probably won’t make you feel great. Stick to a regular meal plan as much as you can and then once a week splurge on some of the treats.
- Exercise is key – Make sure that you prioritize getting a workout in, even if it’s a short one. Getting outside and sweating will help you feel less anxious, make your body feel better and boost your immune system.
- Manage that stress – You have so many demands and obligations during this season; be gentle with yourself. Sense when your anxiety goes up and do something to bring it down – go on a walk, meditate, take a nap or say “no” to extra obligations.
- Don’t skip the sleep – Keep a regular sleep schedule. You are going to want to put in later nights and earlier mornings because of the demands, but it is critical to give your body the time it needs to rest so you’re at your best.
In order to enjoy this beautiful time of the year, it’s critical that you take care of yourself.
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