Post holiday is a great time to regroup and get back on track. I’m sharing 5 tips that will help you to continue to stay healthy after the holidays.
1. Reflect With Gratitude
The holidays can be stressful and sometimes the extra time with our loved ones can also be one of the sources of that tension. One of the best ways to keep everything in perspective is to focus on what you are grateful for and to try to look for the best in people. I like to keep a notebook on my nightstand to write down things that I’m grateful for every day. It’s great to reflect with each day, not just around the holidays.
2. Catch Up on Your Sleep
Most holiday gatherings involve late nights and early morning prep. Post-holiday, make sure that you are catching up on the extra sleep you need to feel rested and energized and keep your cell phone in the other room to recharge so that you are getting optimal sleep without disruption. When you don’t sleep well, it’s hard to keep going when you lack energy and it’s a lot easier to make poor choices when it comes to your food options.
3. Keep Moving
Don’t let one day become two when it comes to exercise. You can still find ways to burn calories even if you don’t have time to go to the gym. When I’m staying out of town with family, I love to go for hikes to get some fresh air. If I can’t do a hike, I enjoy walking around the neighborhood more than walking on a treadmill.
You can also do pushups or planks in your bedroom before you join the rest of the family. If you are dedicated to doing some form of exercise every day it’s a lot easier to keep from gaining extra pounds around the holidays.
4. Don’t Overschedule
After the holidays it’s nice to have some time without anything on your calendar. Make sure that you don’t overschedule your family after long days at holiday events. Each family member needs time to regroup and recharge in their own way.
5. Finish the Year Strong
Don’t wait until the beginning of the year to get back on track.
You can still finish the year strong by maintaining healthy habits. Make sure that you are staying hydrated and try to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day.
It’s also easy to go a bit lax when the kids are off school but it’s still important to make sure that everyone in your family is keeping up with their oral care routine so that those holiday meals don’t linger longer than they should in your mouth.
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