It's fun to get into the holiday spirit and participate in all of the festive activities that abound this time of year, but the added demands of the season can also stress the capacities of our bodies. Remember to take the time to care for yourself, too. Try these tips for handling the holidays in a healthy, happy way.
- Eating healthy can be a year-round challenge, but it's
especially difficult during the holidays with office parties and
family get-togethers complete with cookies and holiday treats. You
can enjoy the festive desserts -- just don't overload on them.
your stress better so it doesn't affect your holiday fun. Try
thinking positively, using aromatherapy, drinking tea or getting a
- Treat travel as an athletic event. Warm up before
settling into a car or plane, and cool down once you reach your
destination. While seated, vary your position occasionally to
improve circulation and avoid leg cramps.
- With all of the parties, the shopping, the decorating and the baking, sleep often takes a backseat during the holidays, but sleep is critical to good health and functioning. Exercise regularly, limit your intake of caffeine and keep your bedroom at a cool, comfortable temperature to help your body get the rest that it needs.
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