Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Don’t let the holidays hinder your wellness goals.

Follow these tips stay on track amid all the upcoming festivities.

Adhering to good health habits during the holidays is much easier said than done. For many people, the holidays are a high-stress time of year that can be quite overwhelming, often resulting in their health taking a backseat all season long. Not only do many people feel the pressure of finding the perfect gift or showing up to every family gathering, but the abundance of sweet treats and savory side dishes that seem to be everywhere you look can put the pressure on the waistline as well.

But the holidays don’t have to be the hectic, free-for-all feeding frenzy. By following a few helpful tips and practicing just a touch of self-control, you can still enjoy all your holiday plans around the Louisville area without compromising your wellness. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself in check as we foray into the holiday season.

Practice self-control when filling your plate. Holiday gatherings almost always have no shortage of tasty temptations everywhere you turn. And no matter what anyone says, holiday calories do count. While you shouldn’t completely deprive yourself this season, it’s important to remember why you’re on your wellness path in the first place. One or two treats won’t hurt, but make sure you stop yourself from going back for seconds, thirds, fourths, etc. Fill most of your plate with healthy choices, while including a couple of small indulgences so you don’t feel deprived. Savor each bite but resist the urge to go back for more.

Limit alcohol consumption. With a gamut of holiday gatherings on the horizon, there’s bound to be some booze on hand for some (or all) of them. Just as with food, it can be quite easy to throw caution to the wind and indulge in more than your fair share. But remember, those festive holiday concoctions can pack on the calories very quickly, not to mention lead to a dreaded hangover the next day. Be sure to drink plenty of water and limit your alcohol participation to just one or two drinks. None if you’re driving.

Promote emotional health by prioritize “me” time. Taking time for yourself isn’t selfish; it’s a necessary component of leading a healthy lifestyle. And it’s a great way to cope with all the chaos the holidays can often propagate. So schedule some time for yourself with whatever activity (or lack thereof) that you enjoy and recharge your emotional health batteries for a smoother holiday experience.

Make it a point to get plenty of sleep. Lack of proper sleep, while obviously making you tired for your holiday plans, can actually greatly contribute to stress and anxiety, which is sure to make all your seasonal merriment turn into a real drag. If you can possibly help it, be sure to devote at least seven solid hours every night to catching some much-needed Z’s. By doing so, you’ll have the energy and mental focus to tackle all the tasks on your calendar.

Find ways to occupy your time with physical activity. You may be looking at your packed schedule and thinking, “How am I going to find time to work out with all that’s going on this year?” Well, you don’t have to hit the gym every spare moment to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. We guarantee that if you look hard enough, you’re bound to find at least a little bit of time each day to incorporate some exercise. Go for an after-dinner walk with the family, play with the kids, or step it up a notch while cleaning the house and getting ready for guests. If you have to do a few squats while basting the turkey, then do it!

At Vibrant Med Spa, your wellness is our priority, no matter what time of year it may be. But if you find yourself in need of a little extra holiday guidance, feel free to reach out to us for even more valuable information. One of our wellness coaches will be more than happy to help you stay on your healthy journey regardless of what the season may bring.

Our Wellness Program was created with your optimum health in mind because we saw a need and a desire with our patients. Led by owner Erica Chowning, APRN, FNP-C, and Ashley Wilhoite, BSN, RN, this program features private, individualized assessments and tailored plans to help our patients implement consistent, healthier habits into their daily lives. We’re so excited to be accepting appointments for this wonderful program! Together we will create a path with clear expectations. Call us today at (502) 618-0995 to start living your best life!

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