Thanksgiving is less than a week away and while many people look forward to the holidays and all they bring, others find the holidays stressful and overwhelming. Many lament the disruption to their routines and all the temptations that come with this time of year. If you are in the camp that becomes overwhelmed by all the merry making and family time the holidays bring then this post offers some ideas about how to make the most of this time.
Get exercise: Be sure to move your body as often as possible during this time. Not only will this movement help off set the extra calories, it will also help you burn the stress associated with the holidays. Try working out the morning of Thanksgiving and then going for a walk after the big Thanksgiving dinner.
Stay hydrated: For many of us, the holidays mean extra alcohol and late nights. Drinking water will ensure your brain continues to function at optimal levels and helps flush out toxins. Shoot for 8 ups of water a day.
Focus on fruits and vegetables: By filling your plate with as many fruits and vegetables as possible, you ensure that you are getting the vitamins, minerals and fiber your body needs to function properly.
Spend time with the ones you love: Choose to build your holidays around the people you want to spend time with and not those who are decisive, annoying or hurtful. Even if you are forced into a dinner with someone who is triggering to you, try to limit your time with them by focusing on the people who do bring you joy.
Limit alcohol: Try to moderate your alcohol consumption by alternating water with each cocktail you have. Your body will thank you in the morning.
These are just a few ideas to help you stay healthy and happy during the holiday season.