Navigating The Hectic Holiday Season: Tips For Your Health

The holiday season is upon us, and as the year comes to a close it is easy for our health to take a backseat. With so much going on in December - from shopping to visiting family - we all need some reminders about how important it is to take care of ourselves during this time.

Here are 11 tips for your health this holiday season!

11 tips for your health this holiday season

1. Pace yourself! Do not try to do everything at once.

It's important to remember that this is a month-long season. Don't cram everything in at once and do not try to fit too much into the first week (or the last).

Pace yourself by making plans for each week of December so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed!

2. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish each week, and stick to it.

Write down a list of things that you want to accomplish each week, and then prioritize the tasks so that they fit into your schedule.

It is ok if some weeks are less hectic than others - just do the best you can!

3. Do not go it alone - ask for help if you need it!

It's ok to let people know that you are overwhelmed and in need of support throughout the month of December.

If you find yourself feeling stressed out, take a break and relax with your favourite Christmas movie or book. When you feel ready to get back into the Christmas spirit, try asking for help - family members will be glad that they can lend a hand!

4. Take care of your mental health as well as your physical health.

The holiday season can be a stressful time for many people - sometimes it is the only time of year that we get to see our family and friends, or spend extra time with them.

Make sure to take some time for yourself to relax and de-stress. Read, watch your favourite show, go for a walk - whatever makes you happy!

Mental health is just as important as physical health, so don’t forget to take care of yourself mentally this holiday season.

It is important to acknowledge how you're feeling during this busy month so you do not end up taking out your frustration on yourself!

5. Say no if something is not healthy for you!

It is important to remember that you are in control of your health. So do not be afraid to say no if someone asks you to do something that is not healthy for you or makes you uncomfortable.

You should feel empowered this holiday season, not stressed about the things on your ‘to-do' list!

6. Take a break, and do not let the holiday season take over your life.

It is okay to take a break from the holidays. Step away from everything for a little while and just relax. This is your time, so do not let the holiday season take over your life!

If you are looking for an easy way to relax this holiday season, try out some relaxation meditation. You can do this by sitting in a quiet place, closing your eyes, and focusing on your breath. Inhale for four seconds, hold for four seconds, and exhale for four seconds. Repeat this until you feel calm and relaxed.

7. Avoid stress as much as possible!

It is important to avoid stress as much as possible during Christmas time - this will help keep your immune system strong and give you more energy.

Reduce the amount of work that needs to be done around Christmas by starting earlier! Get everything ready a couple of weeks before Christmas so that when the holiday season comes, you can relax and enjoy yourself.

Take a break from work, social media, and all the holiday commotion to recharge your batteries. When you come back, you will be able to take on Christmas with more energy!

8. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods.

It is easy to overindulge during the holiday season, but it is important to remember to eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water. This will help you feel your best during this busy time!

Catch up with your friends and family, enjoy Christmas day dinner - but don't forget to take care of yourself!

9. Get enough sleep.

It is easy to stay up late during the holiday season, but it is important to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to health problems, so make sure you are getting enough shut-eye!

A good way to ensure you are getting enough sleep is by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. This will help your body get into a routine and you will be able to fall asleep easier.

10. Exercise regularly, especially during the holiday season.

Make sure to exercise regularly during the holiday season (and all year round, for that matter)!

A good way to fit in some extra movement is by taking a walk around your neighbourhood after Christmas dinner. Start walking at one end of the street and keep walking until you get to the other side - this will make it feel like more of an accomplishment and it is a great way to spend time with family members.

11. Make sure you are eating enough calories during Christmas day dinner, so that you can still enjoy yourself!

It is easy to overindulge during Christmas dinner because there are so many delicious foods on the table, but make sure you are not eating too much.

Remember to take small portions of everything, and only eat the Christmas dinner foods you love!

If there is something on your plate that is making you uncomfortable or isn't healthy for you, do not be afraid to ask for a doggie bag so that it can go home with you. You will have another chance to eat it tomorrow!

12. Plan ahead and pack healthy Christmas snacks

It is easy to stay up late and overeat during Christmas because there is always plenty of yummy foods on the table, but try to plan ahead by packing some healthier Christmas snacks!

You can pack some fresh fruit, trail mix, or a few small snacks that you know you will be able to eat during Christmas day dinner.

When you prepare your own meals, pack snacks and get everything ready, you will not be tempted to eat out when things get busy. This will help save your waistline and reduce the number of unhealthy food choices around Christmas time!

13. Spend time with loved ones.

One of the best things about the holiday season is spending time with loved ones!

Meal times are a great time to spend some quality time with the people you care about most. Enjoy Christmas dinner and try not to check your phone or watch tv while others are talking - this will help you get in the Christmas spirit!

14. Have fun!

The holiday season is a time for celebration, so make sure you're enjoying yourself! Spend time with family and friends, go to Christmas parties, take part in social activities - just have fun!


We hope these tips help you have a healthy and happy holiday season! From all of us at Island Wellness, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

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