Preparing Your Body and Mind for the Festive Season

Preparing Your Body and Mind for the Festive Season

December 15, 2018

The festive season, a time to celebrate with good friends and good food is upon us. After a year of working hard and handling numerous responsibilities, it feels good to sit back and enjoy the holidays.

It's advisable that you prepare your body and mind for the holiday party season so that it doesn't get overwhelming. Here are a few tips on things you can do to ensure that the holiday season celebrations do not run you over.

  1. Wardrobe preparation

You will have a lot of events and gatherings to attend during the holidays. It's only prudent that you organize the clothes, shoes, and accessories you plan to wear before the holiday season is upon us. Don't be the person doing last minute shopping for clothes you need to attend dinner parties, visit vacation spots, and other gatherings because it may end up costing you your peace of mind and a whole lot of extra cash.

  1. Exercise

As you wine and dine, don't forget to take care of yourself. Ensure you exercise at least thirty minutes each day during the holidays. It will help your body detox all the alcohol and hearty meals you ingest as you dine and wine with friends. Make sure it’s something you like such as jogging, yoga or even dancing to get the blood pumping. Your body will thank you after the holidays when others are complaining about added weight, and you have yours fairly in check.

  1. Hydrate

It seems like people take a lot of other beverages during festivities and completely ignore water. Make sure that if you do nothing else, you drink water regularly throughout the day to stay well hydrated. It will aid in digestion, help you to handle your liquor better, and flush out toxins from your body.

  1. Take your supplements

Although you will want to eat healthy meals during the holiday festivities, it is almost a given that you won't do it. There is always too much temptation with candies, meats and other treats that keep our eyes off the veggies and fruits. You know your body needs balanced nutrition. So take a healthy multivitamin to ensure your body gets all the nutrients it requires each day.

  1. Portion control

Another great thing you can do even as you eat all you want is to control your food portions. Generally, you can eat most things in moderation. Adopt a habit of eating food in small portions throughout the day during the holidays to encourage a fast metabolism and also to keep your blood sugars balanced.

  1. Food before alcohol and water in between

If you know you will drink alcohol, then eat something beforehand. One of the things to avoid when partying is drinking alcohol on an empty stomach. Eating before you drink cocktails will line your stomach so that you drink responsibly and avoid a nasty hangover the next day. Make sure you space your drinks with a glass of water as well.

  1. Eat before you go out

It happens to most of us. You arrive at the dinner table, and there are amazing foods and drinks. Of course, you dive in and later end up with an upset stomach. Instead of following this treacherous road, why don't you have a snack before you go out to feast with friends? It will help balance your sugars and allow you to make healthy choices when faced with lots of tasty food to eat.

  1. Quality time

During holiday festivities, we often get distracted by material things. We forget that this is an opportune time to bond with our family and friends. Avoid the meaningless distractions and plan for fun activities, getaways, and get-togethers that you can enjoy with your loved ones that will bring you closer. It's a great way to recharge the batteries before you head back to regular life after the holidays.

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