When the holidays come around… well, things can get a little chaotic, to say in the least. However, that doesn’t mean you have to let your healthy suffer as a result. The holidays should be a great time of joy and cheer but sometimes we let all control go.

Well, you’d be happy to know that you can enjoy the holidays while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It just takes a little discipline and will-power, but you’ll be happier and on the right track after the holiday season.

But for now, let’s focus on making the right decisions so that you can not only get through the holidays but so that you can prepare for them while minimizing stress and protecting your health.

10 Tips For A Healthier Holiday Season

Here are 10 tips to have a healthier holiday season…

1| Slow Down

The holiday season is not supposed to stress us out (Although it does to some degree). Slow it down a bit and create a strategy for tackling tasks one at a time. We get so overwhelmed and the unnecessary stress is not worth it.

Multitasking may be necessary sometimes but if you can focus on one task at a time, you’ll complete what you need to while enjoying the process of preparing for the season a lot more.

2| Don’t Neglect “You” time

The one thing we do during the holiday season is focus too much on getting “ready” for the big day/s. Don’t forget your physical and mental health is important, regardless of the events going on around you.

Of course, the holidays are a time of giving and spending time with others but don’t let all self-discipline go out the window. You still have a routine so keep the good habits going into the New Year. Many times, failing to tend to yourself can result in catching up which is often too overwhelming.

3| “Indulge” in Moderation

Ok, so the holidays are probably the one time of the year where we want to eat everything in sight. The sugary sweets and appetizing dishes are hard to resist for even the most health conscious. However, you don’t want to set yourself back and have catching up to do come New Year.

Even more important is to remain loyal to healthy habits because sometimes getting back on the healthy track doesn’t always happen. The delicious options we have during the holidays are a reasonable excuse to cheat a little but remember your goals.

4| Start Early

There’s nothing more stressful than having to do things last minute. Life can be very busy sometimes and we tend to put things off until it gets closer to each holiday. Whether it be last minute shopping for gifts or preparation in general, there’s always something to be stressed out.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. By tackling tasks early on, you can spend more time enjoying the actual holiday season, rather than procrastinating and being even more overwhelmed. Making a plan is always a good idea.

5| Remember the Real Reason For the Season

This can be subjective but sometimes too much focus is put on expectations rather than the joy which the holidays should bring. People often go crazy trying to buy a lot of gifts and pleasing others becomes the main focus.

But this is a great way to ruin the joyful spirit of the holidays. It should be a time to come together and forget about the stresses of life. After all, each holiday only comes around once a year.

6| Give

Giving something is a great feeling, and especially around the holidays. If you can make someone’s day better than you’re doing something good, and as a result you should feel good.

Receiving something is always great but there is someone out there who is more in need than you. So, do something for someone else and understand that this is the true meaning of the holiday spirit. Experience the joy of giving, without expecting anything in return.

7| Swap Out Traditional Treats For Healthier Options

It’s easy to over indulge on the high calorie, high sugar and high fat options which are so abundant during the holiday season. But don’t lose all control to the desires of your taste buds (It’s tempting). There are so many great options out there nowadays, so there’s no excuse to not swap out some ingredients for healthier ones.

Use the internet and experiment with alternatives and you’ll thank yourself after the holidays, when you’re not having junk food withdrawals.

It’s never really necessary to abandon your healthy habits.

8| Keep Up With Fitness

So, although you shouldn’t over indulge on tasty and tempting holidays treats… we know some of you will. So, with that being said, you might need to ramp up your fitness activities to be sure you’re not packing on the extra pounds, or letting your health suffer.

Keep up with your daily fitness routine and you can afford to be a little more sinful with your snacking habits. Do yourself a favor and get a head start for the New Year by exercising during the holiday season (It may not sound fun, but you owe it to yourself).

9| Don’t over spend

Sometimes maxing out a credit card buying gifts and food/treats seems all too tempting, especially around the holidays. Some reasons for overspending can be, using the holidays as an excuse to shop, buying gifts for too many people, or buying expensive gifts when we cannot really afford to do so.

It’s no secret that financial problems are a big contributor to stress, and it’s simply not worth putting yourself in debt to buy gifts.

Be reasonable and understand that the holiday season is not a time to spend all your money and then regret it come the New Year. Just enjoy the holidays for what they are.

That leads us to the last tip…

10| Have Fun

We get to experience the magic of the holidays once a year… so don’t blow it! This is your chance to be a kid and do activities which you normally wouldn’t any other time of the year. Stress shouldn’t be an option and spreading the joy is healthy on the mind.

Try to enjoy every moment and don’t worry too much about meeting everyone’s expectations. The holiday season is not just about that. Make it what you want it to be.

Have a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season!

No need to put stress out about the coming holiday season. If you follow these 10 tips, you’ll be sure to make better decisions in the midst of what we call chaos (aka, the holidays)! Be true to yourself and keep the discipline despite all the temptations.

After the holidays are over, you have to live with your choices so be smart about them. Never think you have to follow what everyone is doing because you know the importance of your health.

The holidays are a wonderful time and only come around once a year but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your health for a few months out of the year.

Have a good time and put your worries aside!