It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and the most crazy. You’re trying your best to finish off any big work projects before the end of the year, you’re dealing with parties and gift buying and attempting to maintain your healthy lifestyle despite the chaos, and you’re desperate for a break.
It’s totally possible to stay healthy throughout the holiday season, and today I’m sharing 5 things that have worked for me and that I think will work for you, too.
1.) HAVE “ME TIME”
It can be tough to find some time away from your family during this time, but if you don’t recharge your batteries every once in a while, you won’t be much fun to be around. Of course, this totally applies to any other time of year, not just Christmas. My favourite “me time” is curling up on the couch with some cheesy TV holiday movies, reading a good book, or taking a walk around the block.
2.) DECIDE WHAT’S IMPORTANT
You don’t need to make every single new recipe that you were planning to. You don’t need to make ten types of cookies plus five pies (well, unless you really want to, of course).
Think about being at a Christmas party with a buffet. If you eat every single type of dessert that’s on the table, you might not feel too good after. If you choose one or two treats that are always your absolute favourite, then those will be special and they will be totally worth it. You can use this method for anything this holiday season. If you don’t want to fill your calendar with a million activities just because you’ve always done them, then don’t. Choose what matters to you, whether it’s food-related or not.
3.) EAT WHAT YOU ENJOY
4.) KEEP CALM AND HOLIDAY ON
The holidays may be a stressful time, but they’re ultimately supposed to be full of love. They’re a time to take a break from your usual routine, spend time with the people that matter to you, and have some fun. Don’t let the chaos get the best of you. Keep calm and holiday on.
5.) WORK OUT
My workouts are a saviour during crazy times. I know that not everyone wants to work out during the holidays and of course this is totally your decision. But even some long walks count as exercise and can be a really nice way to de-stress and take some time out from your to-do list.
P.S. Baking cookies works too — maybe my Almond Oat Sugar Cookies might do the trick? They’re a healthier version of the classic and beloved sugar cookie. If you’re going to eat some treats, make them good for you, right?
How do you stay healthy throughout the holiday season?