It's been a long year, you're tired, and all you want to do during the holidays is to eat and squeeze in all the fun you can. While we're all for enjoying yourself during your time off, it's important to indulge yourself responsibly. Otherwise, you'll be ending your holiday time with your health at less-than-optimal.
So to ensure your wellbeing is maintained while still enjoying your holiday to the fullest, we've put together some tips on how to stay healthy during your time off.
Get a healthy headstart every day
It's tempting to get stuck into sweets and junk food first thing in the morning, but that's a slippery slope to a wild sugar crash by lunch. Do yourself (and your body) a favour and start the day with something healthy - like a fruit smoothie with greens, or a vegetable-laden breakfast - before diving into the confectionary and chips.
Moderation is key
There's nothing wrong with indulging yourself during the holidays - you need to let yourself enjoy life every now and again. But it's important to pace yourself and to make sure your big hearty meals are supplemented by healthy dishes. By pacing yourself and eating healthy between moments of indulging, you and your health can afford to go all out for those big events.
Get plenty of good sleep
With the increase in fun and events during the holidays, it can be very easy to slip into some pretty bad sleeping habits. Not only does poor sleep leave you fatigued, but it also affects hormones that regulate your appetite, meaning you'll inadvertently eat more simply because your body is tired and needs the energy to keep going.
So to help maintain your wellbeing and health, try to stick to a regular sleeping schedule during the holidays. You'll not only feel better but you will also be refreshed and ready to go for the new year.
Don't forget to exercise
Between the many events you want to attend and all the delicious food you want to eat, finding time to get some exercise is particularly difficult. It's going to be hard, but it's important to maintain a regular exercise routine during the holidays for both your mental and physical health.
If you can't squeeze in your usual exercise routine, then try changing things up to include family or friends who are visiting. Not only will you get your usual sweat going but there's an added social aspect that'll help prevent things from feeling like a chore.
Get some much-needed 'me time' in
The holidays are going to be packed with family and friends, which is a great thing. However, it's important to also take time just for yourself. It can be mentally draining and stressful to hang around people all the time, so make sure you squeeze in as much 'me time' as you need to properly recharge.
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Information sourced from: Headspace, Healthline, Physio Inq, and Vic Health
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