How to Keep Stress from Ruining Your Holiday and Weight Loss Goals
Most of us look forward to the holiday season, though the stress of Christmas shopping, preparing for holiday gatherings, and decking the halls can make us neglect our health.
If you still want to enjoy all of the perks of the holiday season, while still meeting health and weight loss goals without all of the Christmas stress, here are some tips on how to do just that!
Stress-Free Holiday Tips
Allot "You" Time
While the holidays tend to be surrounded by family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers, do not feel guilty for enjoying time for yourself. Allot "you" time, devoting it to activities you enjoy doing for a personal break. Ultimately, whether it be drinking your coffee in the wee morning hours, heading to your favorite yoga class, or scheduling a relaxing massage, continue relishing in favorite daily and healthy habits.
Listen to Your Body and Slow Down
It is simple to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. However, it is important to listen to your body and slow down when needed, allowing yourself time to decompress and rest. Especially during late holiday parties, allow yourself time to rest in the morning, still aiming to achieve the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Not only will your energy levels keep heightened, but diminish high-sugar and fat food cravings.
Stick to Your Health Guns
Or as much as possible at least... Remember, the holidays are not an automatic "go" button to throw all health goals aside. While it is okay to indulge on festive treats, holiday parties and get-togethers likely still offers nutritious options. One of the most influential weight loss tips during the holidays is plating plenty of protein and veggies from the buffet table, including shrimp cocktail, grilled chicken breasts, and any of the offered veggies.
Be as Prepared as Possible
While you cannot perceive the future's entirety, you can map out areas on which preparation can work in your favor. For instance, if you host the family holiday party each year, prepare food items ahead of time to limit stress the morning of. Also use this opportunity to prepare healthier meal and treat options, as you have more ingredient control and to implement these healthy baking swaps. Packing snacks is another essential way of staying prepared, as having nutritious food options reduces the temptation of a quick fix from the mall's food court.
Continue hitting workouts as much as possible, while also accepting consistent gym sessions may be negotiated during the busy holiday season. So instead of feeling the stress of missed workouts, aim to stay physically moving as much as possible throughout the day. Simple, but effective ways to keep active include cleaning the house, parking far away from grocery store door, taking the steps at the mall, walking the dog, and even structuring family time with physical activity. Not only can keeping active sustain health and weight loss goals, but lower stress and anxiety during the busy holidays.
Enjoy the Holidays
Last but certainly not least... Enjoy yourself! Most health experts encourage individuals to focus on maintaining weight during the holidays rather feeling deprived and stressed while trying to lose it. Ultimately, with a positive attitude and approach, you can build happy memories while ensuring health goals simultaneously this holiday season!