As the holiday season draws closer you can just feel the level of your anxiety rise. The crazy thing is, it’s the time of year when you have so much to enjoy, but too often it becomes the time you‘re most likely to feel overwhelmed, unappreciated and completely stressed out. Those feelings can take their toll, not only on your psyche, but also on your outward appearance. If you want to look and feel your best for all of your upcoming holiday events, try some common sense tips for enjoying the season by giving yourself a little TLC inside and out.
Sleep is your friend. Get plenty of rest. Too little sleep or poor sleep quality can cause irritability; restlessness, lack of concentration and you may be at greater risk for health issues. The recommended amount of sleep per night for adults 26 – 64 is 7 to 9 hours. You may not always hit that mark, but give it your best. Your body and spirit will thank you.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. “Location, location, location” may be the first rule of real estate, but when it comes to looking and feeling your best, your mantra should be “hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.” Drinking plenty of water helps cleanse your body from the inside out and may help with weight regulation. One recent study found that drinking water throughout the day, may help you eat less energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods like sweets and junk food. That’s great news if you struggle to fight the urge to overindulge during the holidays.
Keep Moving. Sure you have more on your plate right now, but the last thing you should neglect is regular exercise. Exercise is a great way to relieve and manage stress, in addition to all of the other benefits it affords. Choose exercises you enjoy and keep your goals manageable. Even if you don’t have time to go to the gym or attend an exercise class, you can get in a brisk walk or bike ride if you make it a priority and set aside the time.
Make a Plan. Before you start drowning in wrapping paper, ribbons, and complicated holiday recipes, take a few minutes to make a list of what you need to accomplish in order of importance. Putting each item down on paper just might help you weed out the ones that don’t seem important after all. The earlier you start, the less you’ll have to worry about later.
Take time for yourself. Before everything starts to feel like a chore, give yourself a break. Set aside some time for yourself to do something you enjoy. Get a manicure, see a holiday movie or show, take a bubble bath or just sit back and relax. Listening to your own needs isn’t selfish when it helps you be your best for those who count on you.
When you make the time to take care of yourself, you’ll look and feel much more like celebrating the season. Giving yourself some tender loving care is cheaper than a new outfit or a holiday make-over and it just might become a habit you will want to carry forward for a healthier, happier new year.