5 Ways to Maintain Healthy Habits During the Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

For many of us, the end of the calendar year marks the advent of changing leaves, hearty recipes, vacations, cherished time with family, and holiday celebrations. This flurry of activity can derail healthy habits we’ve practiced for months leading up to the holiday season, which may leave us feeling less than our best once all the magical moments have passed. Here are some tips to keep your sense of mental, emotional, and physical balance as the year comes to a close.

 

1. Stick with the status quo.
The holiday season tends to change the daily routine of many people, so now is probably not the time to embark on any dramatically new personal health goals. Instead, examine what current health and wellness practices you already have in place and see how you can maintain them through the revolving door of parties, family visits, and time off. Do you have a favorite yoga class you regularly attend each week? Instead of skipping it when friends and family come to town, see if some of them may join you for a new holiday tradition. Do you normally pack your own healthy lunches to take to work? Continue to do so as office holiday parties get into full swing. Staying on track with your current practices will likely make it easier for you to embark on larger goals when the holiday grind settles down.