The holidays can be a stressful time for anybody since there is so many tasks and activities packed into a short period of time. But you don’t have to sacrifice your health to get through this hectic time. Here are 5 simple tips that will help you stay happy and healthy during the holidays.
1. Bring out the fruit bowl
During the holidays, you are bound to be tempted by an unending parade of Christmas sweets and treats. But this doesn’t mean that your diet has to go out the window. If you resolve to make one small change, like eating more fruit, you can make a positive impact on your health. An easy way to get more fruit in your diet is to set out an attractive Christmas bowl on your kitchen counter and fill it with your favorite fruits. Then every day as you leave the house, grab a piece or two of fruit and eat them. Do the same as soon as get home in the evening and you will be well on your way to getting your full recommended servings of fruit every day.
2. Clean out your purse
Women always want to carry their entire world in their purse, but the truth is that we can doing more damage than good to our bodies by carrying so much around. Grab your purse and give it a thorough cleaning, deciding which things you absolutely can’t live without and which ones are better left at home. If you don’t have the time to clean out your entire purse then consider just removing a couple items. Lightening your load just a little can make a drastic change on your posture and leave you feeling less stiff and achy at the end of the day.
3. Take frequent bathroom breaks
The Christmas season is always hectic, but that does not mean that you have to sacrifice your health just to stay on top of things. Forget the long lines, the deadlines and the mounting list of tasks that you still have to do and take a bathroom break when you need it. Whether you’re at work, shopping at the mall or busy at home, don’t ignore the urge to pee for too long because it can make you more prone to urinary tract infections in the long run.
4. Do something nice for people every day
This season make a goal to do something nice for at least one other person each day. Pay for a stranger’s coffee, drop a dollar bill into the Salvation Army collection box or simply smile warmly at your receptionist and greet her by name. The smallest act of kindness can go a long way in boosting your spirits as well as the spirits of those around you. Happy people also tend to be healthy people, so keep the random acts of kindness going.
5. Drink more water
Make the commitment to drink more water during the holidays. Grab a bottle of water from your fridge as you’re leaving the house in the morning and drink it. Refill it often at work and keep drinking all day long. If you want to be more eco-friendly consider buying an aluminum water bottle that can be refilled. Do whatever you have to do to make sure you’re drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water every day and your body will thank you for it.