Christmas can bring stress to people who don’t plan it right. Even a well planned Christmas celebration can turn into a mess and bedlam. The good thing is that you can avoid stress and stay healthy this holiday season by doing simple things. If you have a healthy routine, don’t stray from it during the holidays. Roasted turkey and ham may entice your taste buds but don’t forget you can gain extra pounds by eating too much.
Preparing for Christmas is essential to a stress free holiday season. Plan your Christmas celebration whether you will celebrate it at home or you will go to holiday vacation somewhere warm. Prepare a list of people whom you will give gifts and personalised Christmas cards. If you have been used to just giving gifts and cards in random, save yourself the hassle of dealing with disappointed friends who failed to receive anything from you. The trouble of last minute shopping can be avoided and you definitely know how.
Do not skip your exercise routine just because you are busy. Never miss out on your exercise regimen during Christmas because that could throw your metabolism out of whack. When you have eaten so much during the feast, you need to burn those calories right away. You probably have to work harder to burn those gained calories after coming to parties here and there. Hit the treadmill. Go for a brisk walk. Run a mile. Jog. There are many options to keep your weight on check. So don’t just sit in your couch and watch TV.
Eating right is another thing that people miss during the holidays as there are sumptuous foods on the table. It’s hard to resist the cravings. However, keep in mind that many foods served during Christmas are rich in preservatives, sugar, fat, and unhealthy cholesterol. While this may seem to spoil your holiday celebration, keep in mind that feasting on delicious stuff on the table could mean extra pounds and further risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. There are healthy recipes to check out, so you will not have to starve.
Alcoholic beverages are going to be served on Christmas. It seems a great moment for a drinking spree but too much alcohol can put your health at risk more than just giving you a hangover the next morning. Too much alcohol is bad for you whether you are healthy or you have diabetes. Drink liquor in moderation. There is nothing wrong with enjoying Christmas as long as you do not put yourself in greater risk of health problems in the future.
You should delegate tasks on Christmas so that you won’t have to do everything yourself. It’s tough if you have to decorate the house, buy groceries, do the cooking, prepare the kitchen and dining table, and wrap the gifts without any help. Telling everyone in the family that you need a hand does not make you a terrible person. And it isn’t bad to tell everyone else they have to do something to make the job easier. Perhaps, someone can help you in the kitchen and in decorating your home. Stress happens to people who do everything alone. Some help can ease the weight of tasks on you and spare you from exhaustion.
Having enough sleep is so important, especially during Christmas when we seem too preoccupied that we spend only a few hours sleeping. Sleep is priceless and sleep deprivation can only make you more stressed. Lack of sleep also impairs your functioning, so instead of staying too late at night, hit the sack before midnight and resume whatever you have to do next morning.
The reason why you need to do things early is for you to be able to finish them early so that you don’t need to rush. Too much of that holiday rush can be sickening, so take it easy.