5 Tips to Stay on Track during the Holidays
by Rochelle Griffin
It’s the time of year. Thanksgiving is behind us…Christmas and New Years are looming in the very near future. With all of the festivities, how is one to stay on track with health during the holidays?
Look I get it. I’m running around as well…parties, shopping, cooking…all while still homeschooling and running my 2 successful businesses. It’s a lot. When life gets crazy, it’s easy to let your health take a back seat. I know because I’ve done it…over and over again.
The problem is that the roller coaster ride over the holidays puts an incredible amount of stress on our body. Our body, in return, will react…most of the time with fatigue and/or weight gain, although a slew of other signs can occur as well. When we do this year after year, the stress takes a cumulative affect on us.
Here’s reality: the holidays are going to happen. So what can we do NOW to help combat the stress and stay on track? Here are my top 5 tips:
- Set realistic expectations. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Ask for help. You’ll be amazed how willing others will be to pick up the slack. Also pick and choose the activities that you’ll do. Trying to do everything will stress you out and cause you to not enjoy the holidays like you should.
- Drink water. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times. If you are snacking, indulging in an adult beverage, or running around like a nut, toxins will build up in your body. Water is imperative to help flush out your system and keep you hydrated. You will feel so much better just by ensuring that you are drinking enough H2O. Don’t believe me? Try it.
- Walk walk walk. While working out may be the last thing on your mind and may not fit into your holiday schedule, exercise will help combat emotional stress. So with all of the busyness, walk. It doesn’t have to be difficult. Park far away from the store (not a hard one during this time of year.) Take a walk around the block at home to clear your head. Just get moving!
- Have a game plan. Remember, the holidays are IN December. They aren’t the entire month of December. Big difference yet many treat December as a free-for-all. Don’t go hog wild with food. Eating unhealthy foods a couple of times during the holiday season can be dealt with. Eating them all the time in December will put an incredible amount of stress on the body, possibly resulting not only in weight gain but adrenal fatigue and leaky gut as well.
- Have a support system. This can be family, friends, or even online support including my Facebook page…hint hint. Sometimes we just need a safe place to vent instead of internalizing the stress. I don’t know about you but when I internalize stress, I reach for food to soothe myself. Just being real.
In short, it IS possible to navigate the holiday season with minimal stress. It just takes careful planning and sticking to your guns. Come January, when you are looking back at how the holidays went, you won’t regret having utilized these tips. You and your body will be better off because of them. Now grab a glass of water and go take a walk. 😉
To Living Your Best Life,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Rochelle Griffin, The Wellness Detective™, is a Registered Nurse (with over 22 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 7-figure International company that now helps others live Their Best Life.
She founded Your Best Life, Inc with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of physical ruin with her health & the health of their young son. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.
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