06 Dec 8 Healthy Tips to Help Survive the Holidays
‘Tis the season! With the holidays come joy and cheer. Happiness and giving. Health and new goals. But for some, the holidays can be particularly tough times. The struggle is real and can lead to weight gain, relapse, depression, isolation, and over commitment. Let’s take the struggle out and put the joy back in THIS holiday season. Here are 8 tips to keep you happy, healthy, and sober!
- Exercise: Move every day, whether it‘s 10 burpees every morning, a dog walk, or your favorite gym class. Sticking to a routine or daily regimen is the best thing you can do for yourself and therefore, others around you. It is scientifically proven to lead to better results and sustained happiness. No excuses!
- Rock it out: Music can really put you in a fabulous mood. Don’t be afraid to jam out when the stress hits. Put on your favorite hit and dance it out. Sometimes just listening to a song like Thunder by Imagine Dragons can cure any gloom you may have.
- Plan an escape route: At a party, have a way out for both social pressures and over-socializing. Drive your own car, then give yourself a timeline and stick with it. Also, think about keeping your hands full. Have a glass of soda water in your hand at all times to help distract you.
- Get to know the buffet line: Before you eat or drink, check out the options. Is the punch spiked? Are there healthier food options? Is there one treat you must have?? Overeating can cause weight gain and/or lead to other addictive behaviors. If you are abstaining from drinking, bring your own holiday NA drink.
- Have a support system: Lean on friends and family. Have daily check-ins to hold you accountable. Don’t be shy; attend an AA meeting or a gym class or a local art show wherever you are for the holidays. I cannot stress enough how important it is to stick to your routine. Who knows, you might just make a new friend!
- Self-care: Self-care looks different to everyone. Get to know what eases the stress of a day for you. Mediation, yoga, breath work, a positive phone call, cooking a meal for someone, asking for help, taking the dog out, fresh air, a cupcake, and the list goes on. Self-care can be very simple, and very effective.
- Plan some activities, plan some down time: This one is very important. You need to keep yourself busy, but not too busy. Sounds a little contradictory, right? Give yourself a few social outings to attend, but don’t overwhelm yourself. If you tend to isolate, set a number of activities to do each week. If you overbook, plan some down time for each day.
- Set some goals: ‘Tis the season, right?! Make one goal RIGHT now for the rest of the month. Write it down on a sticky note and put it on the bathroom mirror. Look at it every day. CONQUER IT! Then, set another one! ☺
Wellness Director, Foundry