6 Healthy Holiday Survival Tips

Christmastime is here! All of the gathering, remembering and impending New Year’s arrival comes with a mixed bag of emotions for most people—even on the best of days. Welcome to the thick of it. (Deep breath.)

This week is the perfect time to schedule some self care and focus on all that’s positive in your life. A little gratitude and wonder can go a long way in helping you feel calm and balanced. As you get ready to attend the last few holiday gatherings of the year, here are some tips to help make your festivities a little bit healthier:

Plan ahead. If you’re heading to parties where unhealthy foods and alcohol will be aplenty, eat a healthy snack before you go so you won’t be temped to fill up on less healthy options. This way you can try goodies in moderation without guilt. 

Stay hydrated. Make a point to drink plenty of water—approximately eight to 10 glasses a day is a general rule of thumb. Before an event, drink a full glass of water so any other beverages will be had as a treat and not for thirst. 

Drink a glass of water before meals. Several studies show that when you drink a glass of water before a meal you’ll eat less. Plus you’ll be better hydrated too! (See above.)

Schedule some “me time.” Browse the well-being activities on the Yes Health app to find something that meets your fancy. And then schedule it on your calendar. Set aside a half hour to curl up with a book, take some deep breaths, catch up with an old friend on the phone or draw yourself a decadent bubble bath. Taking time out to treat yourself means you’ll feel more at ease and can be more present for those around you.

Recognize your emotions. This is a common time of year to feel great loss and wish our loved ones could all be with us. Take time to remember and cherish all the people—past and present—who have brought joy to your life. Write a letter, make a call, look at old photos–whatever helps you express your gratitude. 

Step away from the internet. It is easy to be so busy and distracted by to-dos that you forget to enjoy the experience that’s right in front of you. Put internet-connected devices down and celebrate with those around you. Another year is coming to a close. Enjoy these moments—even the most challenging ones.  

From all of us at Yes Health, we wish you and yours a happy and healthy holiday.


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