Staying healthy during the holidays is usually a lot easier said than done. We all make holiday diet plans that we vow to follow, but when you’re staring down a delicious holiday cake or pie, committing to those aspirations can seem impossible. From elaborate family gatherings to rushing to buy presents for everyone on your Christmas list, the holiday season seems like an endless barrage of strung-together excuses that pardon you from sticking to your healthy lifestyle and wellness goals.
Since the holidays are considered the season of giving and thinking of others, it can be way too easy for you to lose yourself in the fray. If you’re planning on traveling to see loved ones this holiday season, here are some useful wellness travel tips to help you keep your eyes on the healthy prize!
Prioritize “Me” Time
The holidays are one of the most hectic times of the year filled with get-togethers, outings, and Christmas shopping for loved ones. Amidst all of the hullabaloo, it’s important to set aside some much needed “me” time to help you cope with the chaos of it all. Do some yoga, take a relaxing walk, schedule a personal spa day by yourself, or even take some time to catch up on some reading. Bottom line: take a moment for yourself to rest and recharge. Your mental health will thank you for it.
Practice Self-Control When It Comes to Food
Leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t a seasonal pastime; it’s only effective if you stick to it all the time, even during the holidays. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t allow yourself some sweet or savoury delicious treats every once in a while. However, don’t let yourself lose control of the situation by over-indulging in unhealthy foods all the time. Practicing self-control with food and alcohol is one of the best tips for staying healthy over the Christmas holidays.
Be Mindful of Your Alcohol Consumption
With all of the work-related and personal holiday parties you’ll most likely be attending in the coming weeks, it can be easy to lose track of your alcohol consumption. Try to be mindful of how much alcohol you’re consuming because most drinks can really pack in the calories. On top of that, overdrinking can leave you extremely dehydrated and hungover the next day and nothing puts a bigger damper on your Christmas spirit than feeling cranky, bloated, and having a constant headache. Remember to drink lots of water and consume alcohol sparingly. Eating healthy while traveling for the holidays is a great way to stave off massive hangovers.
Get Plenty of Sleep
Like “final exam” anxiety, “holiday” anxiety is a real thing and it can be worsened by a lack of proper sleep. Make sure you allow yourself to always get a full eight hours of good quality sleep so that you can keep your energy up for all of the social events and activities that are filling up your calendar during this time of the year.
Enjoy Quality Time with Loved Ones
Making time to visit old friends and relatives is exactly what the holiday season is all about. While it can be exhausting to try to make time for every single person in your life during this time of year, even a simple phone call or Christmas greeting is enough to brighten up another person’s mood just to let them know that you’re thinking of them. You might even notice that the more you do this, the more other people are willing to return the favor!