What a year it has been! As we all gear up for the December Holiday Season we at B.Komplete wanted to share with you our favorite tips for staying healthy and safe during the holidays, and all year round. If you choose to use all 10, or pick 1-2 that work for you, please let us know how the tip has helped you!
Savor Your Favorites
- Scan the menu in advance and figure out which foods will provide you the most satisfaction to get the biggest enjoyment for the calories. Decide how much you can consume without overdoing it. If you enjoy appetizers or desserts select a few of your favorites to enjoy. Avoid mindlessly munching on foods that you aren’t crazy about. When its time to enjoy your favorite food, eat it slowly. Focus on all sensory aspects of the food.
Live in the Moment
- The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change also. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. Focus on being present in the moment and focusing on the positives of right now.
Plan Fun Exercise
- Research has proven that if you enjoy exercise and think of it more like a fun activity you are more likely to do it, and also less likely to reward yourself with a food treat afterwards. Check out a new class at your gym, plan outdoor winter activities, take up a winter sport, or get creative at home – dance!
Prune Your To-Do List
- It’s really easy to let the to-do list pile up. And one sure fire way to reduce stress is to: prune your to-do list. Ask, “If I don’t do this, what will happen?” Aim to knock down the list of “to-do” to the rock-bottom necessity.
Make a Budget
- The American Psychological Association cited lack of time and money as biggest common stress producers for individuals during the holidays. Create a budget that works for you before the holidays start, and stick to it. Check out Christmas Organized Home for some great resources and ideas on holiday budgets.
Take a Breather
- Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Even Oprah does this! Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm. Some options may include: Taking a walk at night and stargazing, listening to soothing music, getting a massage, or reading a book.
Lighten Up Recipes
- GREATIST has the greatest, healthy ideas.
- The American Diabetes Association provides useful tips on how to enjoy and keep it healthy.
- The team at Joy Bauer has some helpful tips to keep your holidays healthy:
- Water may very well help keep your metabolism moving. And it is no secret that if you are dehydrated you are going to feel lousy. Get extra water through broth based soups, decaffeinated tea, fruits and vegetables. And enhance your water with citrus, cucumber, or berries.
- A good night’s rest can help your cognitive function, concentration skills, mood, and boost your immune function. Trouble sleeping? The National Sleep Foundation provides helpful tips to give you a restful nights’ slumber.
- Studies show that humor and happiness are associated with the ability to enhance our immune function, decrease our risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Schedule time for activities that make you laugh such as watching a funny movie or television show or spending more time with that one friend who makes you laugh. There are many really funny videos on You Tube that only take a minute to watch, and can make you laugh to hard you have a positive outlook for the next hour.