The holidays are busy time. Whichever holiday (or holidays) you celebrate, there’s usually a lot of preparation that goes into making your celebration magical. As we saw earlier this week, stressing and weight gain are closely related. The more stressed you feel, the more likely you are to either gain weight or keep yourself from burning off fat.
Fortunately, there are ways to overcome this. You deserve the gift of the stress free holiday. Here are some tips to how to accomplish that.
Make sure you’re making time every single day to unwind and relax. It doesn’t need to be a lot of time–even be 10 minutes will do. A lot of people say they don’t have the time to simply stop for a few moments, but the truth is you don’t have time not to stop. When you take just a few minutes to unwind, your mind feels refreshed and you feel more motivated to accomplish the things you need to get done.
Make time for exercise
Are you making a time to exercise this holiday season? Here’s why exercise is important. When you regularly exercising at your heart rate up – it’s just taking a while Marindustry – release endorphins into your brain and destress a bit. Make a big difference between something.
Eat Healthy Food – Stay Away From Junk Food and Fast Food
When you eat healthy, you simply feel better. That’s a fact. Focus on eating unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, and fresh meat and grains in order to feel your best. This will keep you from being loaded with brain-slowing carbs and starch.
Whatever you do, avoid fast food and junk food. It’s tempting to take a quick pass at the drive-through when you’re so busy, but trust us: it’s not worth it. You’ll feel better, more satisfied and less stressed by making an effort to eat healthy. If you need help finding healthy recipes that only take a few minutes to make, download our Eat Well, Slim Down digital recipe book. It’s a great resource with over a hundred recipes that are delicious, easy-to-make and healthy.
It’s Okay to Say No
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s okay to say no to holiday parties, occasionally helping out, and taking on extra task and responsibilities. The truth is, everyone only has so much energy and time to give, but we often try to overextend ourselves doing good things this time of year.
Learn it’s okay to politely decline an invitation and explain that you are simply caught up with everything else in this season.
Do You Do Yoga? If Not, Maybe It’s Time to Try
A simple exercise such as stretching or yoga is another popular way to cut down on your holiday stress and feel good throughout your entire day. Yoga helps you relax, and a lot of yoga routines only take a few minutes. You don’t have to spend half an hour or all afternoon at a studio to get the benefits of stretching. There are several videos online which can help you do basic yoga stretches and destress your entire body–try a quick YouTube or Hulu search.
The holidays are a great time both to think about what matters to us now and think ahead for next year’s goals. Make this season an enjoyable time by following these tips to decrease your stress.