The holiday season is in full swing in sunny Virginia Beach, VA, and that means social events, cocktail parties, cookie trays, shopping and a sometimes hectic feeling schedule. There is so much to celebrate this time of year, but doing too much, overindulging and falling short on sleep can easily sneak up and rob you of your holiday cheer.
If you wish to wake up on January 1 feeling as vibrant and energized as you did before the season started, you’ll need to take some simple steps to stay balanced and healthy now. The good news is that you can still enjoy all of your favorite holiday activities, including delicious desserts, sparkling social events and an occasional cocktail. Moderation and listening to your needs each day really can go a long way in keeping you feeling your best, all holiday season long.
Here are simple tips to help you stay healthy through the holidays, so you can begin a new year feeling like a brand new, healthy you!
It might seem obvious, but dehydration is one of the fastest ways to lower your energy levels and immune system, and it can lead to overeating, anxiety and poor sleep. Staying hydrated during the busy holiday season is your first line of defense against sickness and burnout. Try to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and watch how much caffeine and alcohol you consume, while you’re at it.
Eat Your Greens
Indulging in your favorite desserts and rich, holiday foods is part of what makes the season special, but it’s important to make sure to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, every day. If you know you’ll be having a heavy, rich dinner, try to get in a green salad or bowl of fresh fruit earlier in the day. Keep your diet varied and packed with as much fresh produce as possible, and you’ll help your gut, mind and body feel energized and bright, all season long.
When your schedule becomes packed, the last thing to go should be your daily exercise. Make sure to keep exercising and stick to your movement routine, throughout the holiday season. This will help to keep your joints, bones and muscles feeling strong, and will help to clear holiday stress and release your mental load.
Wash Your Hands
The holidays coincide with cold and flu season, and it’s more important than ever to wash your hands as often as possible to keep germs at bay. Make sure to give your hands a thorough wash any time you head out in public, including trips to the grocery store, gym, library or drug store. Make sure to fully soap up your hands and wash for a full minute in warm water to remove as many germs as possible.
Get Your Zs
Your body and mind need sleep and recovery now more than ever, especially if you have a busy schedule, holiday stress or a cough and cold. Aim for 8 full hours of sleep a night, and try to make those quality hours of sleep if you can. Turn off devices and screens a full hour before bedtime, and do whatever evening rituals you need to help you lie down relaxed and ready for rest. Sleep is the most important restorative measure your body takes from day to day, so don’t skimp out on it!