Here we are again. Can you believe it? The holiday season is upon us. It’s time to stuff our faces with holidays meats, spend time with family, and imbibe on drinks that taste like a cedar closet. Unfortunately, it’s also the season for getting sick.
Although we cannot control everything, there are plenty of precautions one can take to try to beat the holiday health issue. Here are a few tips that may prevent holiday burnout, so you can get out there and celebrate this festive season with the ones you love.
Sleep – It’s the underrated cure-all. Our bodies need sleep to function correctly. Not only that, but sleep helps productivity and concentration, lowers weight gain risk and heart disease, and also strengthens social and emotional intelligence – just in time for party season!
Eat Mindfully – Food hangovers are the worst, but it’s hard to stop when you’re presented with a table filled with lavish holiday dishes. Before you dig in, stop and take stock of how your body feels. Are you really hungry? Perhaps just a taste is all you need. Feeling satiated but not stuffed always feels much better than the instant gratification of a big meal.
Stay Hydrated – Water makes up 60% of our body’s weight, and it needs to be replenished. While enjoying a holiday toddy, don’t forget to substitute a glass of H2O between rounds. Alcohol dehydrates us, so it’s important to keep water close at hand. Remember our body needs water as it replenishes cell fluids and delivers nutrients.