The holidays are SO close! I can't believe that we are about to be starting a whole new DECADE. 2020 is going to be a good year, I can feel it!
However, before we start a new year, we have to get through the holidays. Instead of focusing on the things that you can't control, focus on the things that you CAN!
Here are 5 of my favorite tips:
Plan ahead. Whether it's for family coming into town, hosting a big dinner at your house, finishing your Christmas shopping or keeping on track with your health goals... do your best to not wait until the last minute! Doing so just adds anxiety and stress, both things that are NOT needed during this busy time of year.
For every 1 alcoholic drink, have 1 cup of water. No one likes feeling crappy the day after a party. Keep yourself feeling 100% and hydrate throughout the night. I guarantee that no one will even notice! Avoid emotional eating by setting time aside for self care. Along with food, the holidays can also bring extra stress, and turning to food for comfort is easy because there’s so much of it around this time of year. No matter how busy you are, make sure to take at least 30 minutes for yourself every day. Go get your nails done, read a book or write in a journal; do anything you enjoy.
Make exercise a priority. Don’t skip your morning workout because you overindulged the night before. Instead, use it as motivation to get you out of bed and give your workout everything you’ve got. Sneak in exercise as much as you can - try taking the stairs, doing sit-ups during TV commercials, parking a little further from the store or walking a few extra blocks before jumping into a Uber. Any effort is great effort!
Get plenty of sleep. You hear me say this one a lot... but sleep drives EVERYTHING! Unfortunately, social engagements means staying up late. Set yourself a firm bedtime and stick to it! If you have several outings in one week, pick and choose which ones are the most important and which ones you aren't the most eager to attend.
Do your best to focus on your goals this holiday season and remind yourself WHY you made a commitment to stay healthy. Ask yourself “How is this going to impact my health?” and don’t lower your standards for quality.
If you do have a favorite indulgence (which is perfectly okay!), do your best to make sure it’s made with high-quality ingredients and stay away from processed foods that can be damaging to your health.
You got this!