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Healthy Holiday Living Tips

During the holiday season, schedules begin to fill with family gatherings, luncheons and festive outings. Although it may be difficult to adhere to all your healthy habits during this time of year, these tips will help you from deviating too far and having to work hard to get back on track.

• Keep moving
Incorporate activity in your daily schedule for both mental health and physical well-being. This may include indoor and outdoor walking, exercising at home or in a gym or attending a fitness class in person or online. Even a few minutes of activity is beneficial.

• Drink plenty of fluidsChristmas ornament on a tree
Cooler weather and busy schedules can cause us to forget about proper hydration. If you’re on-the-go, carry a water bottle with you as a reminder to make hydration a priority.

• Create lists
Busier schedules bring the possibility of added stress and long, exhausting days. Making lists are a great way to keep yourself organized and on track – letting you feel more in control and less overwhelmed.

• Get rest
Stick to your regular sleep schedule so you have enough energy to take on the day’s fun festivities. Lack of sleep can lead to low energy levels and unhealthy food choices.

• Enjoy holiday treats in moderation
Focus on mindful eating to truly enjoy your favorite holiday foods. Take the time to appreciate each bite. Avoid attending holiday parties on an empty stomach, as it will provide a greater opportunity to overindulge. Try eating a healthy snack beforehand to help with portion control.

• Maintain a healthy immune system
Include a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet to support a strong immune system. Proper handwashing is also a vital part of staying healthy during the busy holiday season. Using soap and water is always the best option, but if you are on the go, take hand sanitizer along to help keep unwanted germs away. Consider wearing a mask in public spaces and around people who aren’t feeling well.

Consider incorporating these tips into your everyday routine beyond the holiday season. After all, stress isn’t limited to just this time of year.