Halloween can be spooky, Thanksgiving peaceful, and Christmas merry and bright without sacrificing your health. Here's some tips to help you prioritize your wellbeing during the holiday season.
Prioritize movement, but no need to be rigid about it.
Getting in a regular exercise routine can seem impossible during the busyness of the holiday season (and it doesn't help that the days get shorter and colder!).
Promoting more activity in your life doesn't always mean going to the gym more often - it can mean taking a 10 minute walk during your lunch, participating in a fun 5K run with your family Thanksgiving morning, or doing some yoga when you're feeling stressed.
It doesn't have to be extreme to be effective - consistency is better than perfection!
Keep a few foundational habits in place.
Foundational habits are things that you do every day that establish a foundation for other things in your life to take place.
For example, making your bed may be a foundational habit you have to set the tone for the day and create a sense of peace and tidiness in the home.
With your health, foundational habits may be:
Drinking 2 glasses of water before having coffee in the morning.
Getting 30 minutes of movement every day.
Reading a book as a way to wind down at night.
Ordering your meal prep every week! ;)
Keeping these foundational habits in place can help ground you when your routine feels out of whack. For the best results, keep it to only 3-5 foundational habits.
Take some shortcuts to save your energy.
I don't know who needs to hear this, but you don't get an award for running yourself into the ground attempting to "do it all".
Give YOURSELF the gift of time and energy by ordering meal prep. At Balanced Meal Prep, there's no minimum order, so you can order as many or as little meals as you need to help make your life easier and more balanced.
You can also give OTHERS the gift of health by gifting a Balanced Meal Prep gift card!
Enjoy all the foods you love.
It may sound counterintuitive, but by giving yourself permission to enjoy all the foods you want during the holiday season - yes, even the candy, the mashed potatoes, the pecan pie, whatever! - can facilitate a healthy relationship with food and prevent excessive snacking or overeating.
Take time to mindfully eat the foods, be selective with what will be most satisfying, and enjoy! Total deprivation is usually more harm than good.
Disconnect and tune in with yourself.
I'd be remiss if I don't bring mental health into the picture when talking about health during the holidays!
Instead of letting the holidays run YOU, be intentional about how you spend your time and energy. This can be a time to disconnect a little from the external world and reflect on your experiences in the last year. Take the time to tune in with yourself, connect with your family and friends, and slow down.
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