5 Tips to Help You Handle the Holidays Stress Free!

The holiday season is a crazy time, so here are 5 things you can do to help combat the stress.

1. Do NOT skip meals: Eat breakfast by 8:00 a.m., lunch no later than 1:00p.m. and dinner by 7:00p.m.  This will keep your blood sugar level and help you from becoming agitated, anxious and eating anything in sight. If you are shopping on your lunch hour, make sure you still eat lunch!

2. Do Not Eat Before Bed. Actually, you should not eat 3 hours before bedtime. Your body cleans and repairs itself at night and in order to do it in an efficient manner, the stomach needs to be empty. Otherwise, you will have a hard time waking and will be grumpy.

3. Make Good Food Choices. Just because you are running around, does not mean you can’t make healthy food choices. Be prepared as to where and what you are doing for every meal. Plan ahead, so you are prepared for a meal at home or out so you do not skip meals.  The better you eat, the stronger your immune system will be, so you don’t get sick. Remember, what you eat today, makes tomorrow’s blood.

4. Sleep. It is more important than ever to get sleep. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, so you will feel well-rested for the busy day ahead. When you are sleep deprived, you can easily become irritated and unable to deal with the stress or crowds. In addition, studies show people crave and eat more refined carbohydrates when they are tired, which will only make you feel worse.

5. Continue to exercise. If you have time to go to the gym, definitely keep that routine. If  you don’t, try to add more exercise into your day. Park farther away when you go to the mall or the grocery store. If you work in a building, take the stairs. Studies show you don’t have to work out in 30 minute increments. Small increments of exercise will still benefit you.

Incorporate these tips into your day and have a very happy and calm holiday season!




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