On paper, the holidays should be a time of happiness, giving, and joy. The reality is that between the common cold making its way into most homes and the stress of buying those last minute gifts, the holidays can become anything but happy and joyful. That does not mean you have to let the chaos of the holiday into your life. Learn from our list of the best tips and tricks for ensuring your holiday truly is happy, healthy, and memorable.
Get Your Sleep
Chances are you have plenty of presents to wrap and more than enough food to cook. Regardless of your task list for the holiday season, you will not be able to do much if you aren’t getting enough sleep. A lack of sleep taxes your immune system and is an open invitation for colds to take hold. What’s more, basic reasoning and cognitive performance decrease as you lose out on those precious hours? Strive to sleep between 6 and 9 hours per night.
You may be too busy for the gym but that doesn’t mean you can’t get up and move about. Climb the steps in your home, put on a workout DVD, or take a nearby cardio class. The goal is to remain physically active between 20 and 30 minutes every day.
Make Positive Time For You
Stress is just an inevitable part of life. No matter the time of year, you are likely to find yourself feeling overwhelmed at some point. This is where it’s very important to make time for yourself. No, this is not an invitation to cheat on your diet and watch television. Do something positive and creative. Take a painting class, practice yoga, or try actively meditating. The options are fun and limitless.
Give Your Immune System A Boost
As mentioned above, the common cold, flu, and other viruses will be looming in every store, home, and workplace you visit. Make sure you properly arm your immune system to fight off any possible invaders. Drink green tea, get some exercise, fight your stress factors, supplement with a multi-vitamin, and remember to laugh as much as you can.