Today’s post is a health guide for surviving the holidays. No doubt, the holidays can cause a lot of stress for many individuals. For some, it is the happiest season of all, and for others, it brings out sadness and anxiety.

Surviving the Holidays

So, don’t fret. I have prepared a list of tips to help you survive the holiday season. The following are some tips. First and foremost, make a plan for all of your upcoming events, parties, shopping excursions, and family gatherings.

Now your plan is in place. Since most of us are running around; don’t use this as an excuse for skipping out on exercise. It is important to exercise at least 150 minutes a week. For more on this, visit our Benefits of Cardio Exercise Fitness Plan post. When you think about your exercise schedule, try to keep this at your usual time.

Food Moderation

Because you will be at a lot of parties and dinners, try to have a pre-party snack. If you’re hosting a party, try to keep low calorie food on hand. Since there is so many sweets and cocktails at parties; it is important to not overindulge. Another option is to focus on new recipes. Visit Holiday appetizers under 100 calories.

Although the holidays only come once a year; make a plan on what food and alcohol you can splurge on. Before you indulge; think is it worth the calories. If you’re really craving a certain food, limit your portion size. Another trick is to fill your plate using a smaller dish. Don’t be afraid to say “No” to something that you don’t want to eat.

Surviving the Holidays – Shopping, Exercise, Sleep

Plan a shopping list. Indeed, this goes for gifts as well as grocery shopping. When you’re out shopping, plan to walk a little bit longer. For example, park your car further away from the store entrance. The additional time it takes to walk into the store helps benefit your cardio exercise.

Furthermore, it is important to stay rested during the holiday season. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Additionally, plan your day ahead so you don’t get overwhelmed. Indeed, it is easy to get stressed out during the holidays.

Enjoy the Holidays

Incidentally, the weather outside might be frightful. However, don’t let that stop you. Be adventurous and try a new activity. For example, try ice skating, sledding or Snowshoeing. In essence, it is important to remember the holiday season only lasts a few weeks.

Surviving the holidays doesn’t have to be worrisome.

As always, I welcome your comments.

Happy Holidays!