10 Ways to Stay Healthy, Happy, and Stress-free this Holiday Season

Family gatherings, office parties, travel and weekend get-togethers with friends and family are part of the fun of the holidays, but the pressure of gifts, time spent traveling and family tensions can also cause extra stress this time of year. Finding different way to de-stress and stay healthy this time of year can help you get through the hustle and bustle (and even enjoy it!)

Here are ten ways to stay healthy, happy, and stress-free as we bid goodbye to 2013.

10 Ways to Stay Healthy, Happy, & Stress-free

1. They may not mesh with your holiday décor, but leave vitamins out on the counter over the holidays so you’ll be sure to take them. Make a full night’s sleep and steady hydration a priority as well.

2. Know your holiday stress points & plan ahead: make lists, start your holiday shopping early and decide on your party menu’s in advance. Doing things at the last minute increases anxiety.

3. Schedule time to relax: make time to get a massage or even just to lounge around the house.

4. Snack wisely: If you’re heading to a party in the evening, make a snack plan. Hold off during the day, or decide not to indulge during the event.

5. Prevent overeating: don’t go hungry to a party! Have something to eat before you head out the door. You’ll be less likely to pig out at the buffet table when you get to the party.

6. Keep it movin’! Whether you are in a hotel, staying with friends or family, or spending the holidays at home; make being active a habit. Take advantage of hotel gyms and pools, suggest a post-lunch or halftime walk (particularly good when visiting friends and family: “show me your neighborhood!”), or stick to your weekly fitness classes at home.

7. Balance your holiday plate: At this time of year, simple carbs and high calorie foods rule the roost. Rebel! Come down heavy on the veggie and fruit side of things so you can earn a little taste of something from the desert platter. Also – go easy on the sauce (you never need as much as you think) and watch your portion size!

8. Bringing a holiday dessert to the party? Modify your recipes and cook up a healthier option with sugar alternatives like honey or coconut sugar – or opt for a non-food gift.

9. If you’re hitting the road, pack smart. Bring healthy snacks with you – the menu at the gas station is pretty heavy on salt and sugar – and don’t forget your running sneakers.

10. Indulge, but in moderation! Have your piece of cake…just don’t have five. Go in knowing you plan on indulging in one extra appetizer or a single helping of your favorite dessert and stick to it.

One final point on the dietary front: the confidence boost you’ll get from making a plan and sticking to it will far outweigh the momentary rush you get from downing that extra brownie and then dealing with the guilt afterwards. And you’ll establish a pattern that will set you up for a healthy year to come!

 I was selected by American Express as to help educate consumers about how to use Membership Rewards points. As such I was paid for my services, but all gift choices selected and opinions about the gifts and American Express are my own. http://t.cmp.ly/68ee5b1be62ebaeb5a

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2 comments on “10 Ways to Stay Healthy, Happy, and Stress-free this Holiday Season

  • Great list Lexi! I couldn’t agree more with all of them. I find sticking to my regular meals helps, and just sticking to my normal exercise routine. Sure, holiday foods are fun, but too much focus on them takes away from your healthy routine, sets you up for guilt, and takes away from the entire point of the holidays anyway. Besides, ANY health food can be turned into a festive treat. It’s all in the creativity!:)

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