5 Ways to Stay Healthy and Happy during the Holiday Season

5 Ways to Stay Healthy and Happy during the Holiday SeasonAs Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, you may already be feeling overwhelmed. But don’t let holiday stress get the best of you! Here are five ways you can stay healthy and happy this holiday season:

  1. Plan ahead.
    Between family visits and office parties, the holidays fill up fast. Grab your calendar, and start to get organized. Make a holiday shopping list and stick to it. Unexpected purchases can quickly derail your budget.
  1. Focus on family, not food.
    From turkey to pumpkin pie, holiday get-togethers are filled with delicious, tempting treats, which is why many people gain an average of five pounds between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enjoy meals in moderation, and keep the family chatter away from the dessert table.
  1. Embrace the spirit of giving.
    Spread holiday cheer to those in need this season by volunteering your time or making a donation to a local charity. Small acts of kindness bring joy to those around you, which in turn can help to boost your own mood.
  1. Exercise … even if it’s not at the gym.
    Set reasonable fitness goals during the holiday season. Repeat the mantra: maintain, don’t gain. It’s difficult to lose weight during the holiday season, but you can avoid putting on excess pounds by prioritizing exercise while at home. Every step counts, so try climb the stairs and taking an extra lap around the living room.
  1. Relax. Rest. Repeat.
    In the midst of hosting family and friends, don’t forget about you! Whether it’s reading a book or napping mid-afternoon, set aside time for yourself this season to do what you love.

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Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2016