It’s the holidays, so of course there’s a seemingly endless supply of delicious desserts wherever you go. And while we support indulging once in a while, it’s important to not overdo it. Here are a few ways to maintain healthy eating habits throughout the holidays:
- Eat your greens daily.
- Only eat when you’re hungry.
- Listen to your body—when you feel full, stop eating.
- If you’re in charge of bringing a dish to a get-together, opt for something healthy—even if it’s a simple vegetable tray.
- Going out to eat? Choose a healthy restaurant.
Maintain your sleep schedule
When your eight-hour sleep schedule starts to look more like five or six, it’s time to reevaluate your holiday obligations. Poor sleep can lead to stress and irritability—two things that don’t mix with the holidays—so make extra time by skipping out on certain tasks like, say, making Christmas-tree-shaped cookies for your cousin’s mother-in-law.
If you meditate, you already know it’s a great tool for managing stress. If you don’t, the holidays are the perfect time to try it out—because back-to-back holiday plans and spending a lot of time with loved ones can generate stress and anxiety. Meditation can help with both because the practice of focused breathing and awareness can result in better stress management and a calm and clear state. Get started by adding a well-reviewed meditation app to your phone.
Allow yourself alone time
Whether it’s a weekend or just one day, you deserve some actual “me time.” That means really being by yourself with no chores, no obligations, no plans—not simply going holiday shopping by yourself. Here are a couple of ideas: Relax with a binge-worthy TV show and bowl of popcorn, or go all out with a hotel room for a night. If you find yourself unable to get away for even a day, here’s a pro tip: Scope out the quietest room in the house.