Happy (healthy) holidays!

47039504 - santa claus resting in a chair in front of a fireplaceThe holidays are here! Has the craziness started for you yet?

With holiday parties and Christmas shopping added to the regular busy routine of work and family, the holiday season can feel a bit less than happy. And healthy? Too often our health isn’t even on the list from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

But you can have happy – and healthy – holidays. Here’s how:

Start by practicing moderation. From how much you drink to how many activities you commit to, limit yourself. When you are at the office holiday party, it can be tempting to get caught up in the festive feeling and embrace the spirit. But whether you are at an office party or a friend’s gathering, you really should be careful about how much you eat and how much you drink. Also, before you find yourself committed to parties or other gatherings every night, you should practice moderation in the number of invitations you accept. At the very least, limit the time you spend at those gatherings.

Get enough sleep. One good reason to practice moderation in accepting invitations is that you still need to keep up with your daily routine. Getting enough sleep is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. For many people who already have busy lives, the rush of the holidays means that they are getting by on even less sleep. But your body and your brain need plenty of sleep to recharge.

Take time to exercise. Chances are that you will overindulge during the holidays. Daily exercise will help combat the impacts of those extra calories. It will also help keep your heart happy. And simply taking a walk during your lunch hour each day will help you relieve some of the stress that the holidays bring.

Make time to relax. The holidays are a time of fun, family, friends, festivities… and it can all be exhausting. Make sure that you include some quiet time in your schedule each week. If you have children, this can be especially important. Everyone needs some down time. So take a minute, kick back and relax.

Happy Holidays!

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