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The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year but figuring out how to support my health during the holiday season sometimes gets pushed to the bottom of my list. Like many women, I feel there’s just so much to take care of during the holidays that I often put myself last. Because the holidays are so crazy, it’s much easier to get run down which is why taking care of yourself is so important.
How to Support Your Health During the Holiday Season
Even though the kids are 19 and 23, they’re still living at home, and they’ve brought their significant others to live with them. Six people in a small house can get hectic, especially at the holidays. It’s all too easy to overlook the little things like flossing or remembering to take my Joint Movement Glucosamine® each morning with breakfast. I’m making a special effort to stay on track by focusing on these areas.
Get Enough Sleep
I know it’s tempting to stay up late working or watching movies, but you’ll pay for it in the morning by being overtired. Not getting enough sleep can also have an impact on your overall health. While I don’t usually manage to get eight hours a day, I do try very hard to get at least seven. To help me drift off to sleep on stressful days, I use a lavender linen spray to relax and unwind. I just mist a bit on my pillows or the comforter and the scent relaxes me and helps me sleep.
Although it’s harder to get outside when the weather is cold, I try to go out for at least a short walk every day. On days that the weather is too miserable, I ride my stationary bike. If you don’t have that option, consider a membership at a local gym or pick up a few yoga or exercise DVDs and exercise inside in the privacy of your home. You don’t have to commit two hours a day. Even a vigorous fifteen-minute workout can do wonders to support your health.
Making healthy food choices is important, but you don’t want to feel deprived during the holidays either. On the days that you know you’ll be celebrating and indulging, be sure to make healthy choices for the rest of the day. You can still enjoy a piece of pie or a decadent coffee drink with friends; you should just be mindful of what else you’re eating that day. You can entertain without going overboard. We’re having friends over for lemon meringue pie tonight so I made sure to have a vegetable soup for lunch so I could enjoy a piece.
Remember Your Supplements
Because I know that my eating choices aren’t always perfect, I remember to take supplements that support my health every day. To help me remember, I set a reminder on my phone and keep them next to the coffee pot, so I see them first thing in the morning. A day never goes by that I don’t head to the coffee pot when I first wake up. It’s a great reminder, and it makes it easier to get into a healthy routine. To support my healthy habits, I’ve been taking Nature’s Way® Joint Movement Glucosamine® every day. Take a look at a previous post I wrote about why I take glucosamine. Looking to try it? Click here to get a free one-ounce sample of Joint Movement Glucosamine®.
Ask for Help
You cannot do everything all of the time. Last year, I made my Christmas wreaths. This year, with extra kids in the house, I just knew I wouldn’t have time to do that. Instead, I got wreaths online and hung those up. They gave my home the same festive feel but helped keep my stress level to a minimum. When you need help, ask friends or family if they can pitch in. If you need to, re-evaluate what you need to do and be willing to give up a few things if necessary – like I did with the wreaths.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.