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November 29th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Holiday Health


The holiday season is officially in full swing, and while we are busy shopping and preparing for the next month, it can be easy for our own physical and emotional health to fall to the bottom of the priority list.  We make it a point to take care of everyone else, but it is so important to take care of yourself – not just for the sake of your family, but for you too.  Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy during the holiday season:

  • Exercise This one is tough but it is important to try to fit it into your day – all you need is 20 minutes.  Something as simple as pushing a stroller around the neighborhood can make you feel more energetic during an exhausting month. Sounds great, doesn’t it?  An added bonus to exercise is that it also is a great way to control your weight.
  • Hydrate Drink lots of water!  Sometimes we confuse being thirsty with hunger, which can lead to some unhealthy choices.  The next time you feel hungry, try having an 8-oz. glass of water and see if that makes you feel better.  There’s no such thing as “too much” when it comes to drinking water – you’ll stay hydrated AND be guilt-free since you chose not to have that snack instead.
  • Make some “me” time.  This is a tricky one for moms, but let’s face it, we need to recharge more than anyone. Don’t allow yourself any excuses.  Find the time, even if it’s only 15 minutes, and do whatever you want for that block of time.  Read a book, sit down with a cup of coffee, take a bubble bath – whatever!  This is your time to recharge.
  • Be realistic.  You’re going to cave and indulge in those delicious holiday sweets occasionally.  And you’re going to be stressed out because you want to have the perfect holiday with your family.  It’s okay to not be “perfect”.  If you can accept this you’ll have a much more enjoyable holiday.

Happy Holidays!

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