Managing holiday stress can be a challenge. When life gets hectic, one of the first things to drop off our to-do lists is our self-care routine, which is ironic, since taking a little time for yourself each day will help you do everything else better.
Here are some tips to stay ahead of the game:
1. Try to make a simple meal plan each week during the holidays, so you can avoid too many on-the-go meals. Holiday treats are notoriously high in salt, fat, and sugar, which will just leave you feeling bloated and blah.
But more importantly, eating sugary foods affects the good bacteria in your gut (that helps you fight off cold and flu viruses), which can have a negative impact on your immune system.
What are some easy meals you can throw together at the last minute? Our go-to’s are pan-seared salmon with broccoli and quinoa, sheet pan meals, slow cooker ANYTHING, and when the going gets tough and the cupboards are bare – egg, avocado, and sriracha on Ezekiel toast.
Download our FREE slow cooker cookbook if you want to find some quick and easy meals that won’t take a lot of time!
2. Don’t compromise on your exercise time. Keep your immune system happy and get in at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise (like a brisk walk) most days of the week.
One study found that women who walked for a half-hour every day for a year had 50% fewer colds than those who didn’t. That’s because regular walking appears to lead to having more infection-fighting white blood cells.
Not only that, but exercise can help you fight stress. When you work out, your body releases more feel-good, mood-boosting hormones.
3. Make a list (or two!). If you have a hectic holiday schedule, start planning NOW so you can do as much ahead of time as possible. Running around at the last minute trying to get everything done is the absolute worst!
Put together a checklist of everything you have to do, and then do it (even better, delegate it!).
4. Relax. Make time for family and friends, enjoying old traditions or making new ones.
Let go of expectations of how you think things “should” go, and enjoy them as they are! It’s often the things that happen out of the ordinary that we look back on with a smile.
If you’re going to be alone or working over the holidays, make time to mark the occasion! Watch a movie, eat a special meal, or treat yourself to a spa session.
If you would like more information like this, please be sure to download our new Healthy Holiday Treats & Eats. This guide has all kinds of information to help you navigate the holiday season with grace and enjoy every minute. We also include some of our favorite recipes like:
● Cran-Bucha Mocktail
● Gingerbread Cookie Smoothie
● Decadent Hot Chocolate
● Coconut Milk Eggnog
● Superhero Muffins
● Pumpkin Spice Coffee Frappe
● Almond & Cacao Bliss Balls
This guide includes actionable strategies to help you enjoy every single minute this holiday season, while managing your stress. We included some of our favorite recipes for you so you can enjoy the most delicious, warm, festive drinks and treats without all of the unnecessary sugar, artificial flavors & sweeteners, preservatives, trans fats, and other not-so-good-for-you ingredients.
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