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Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, and you are likely busy trying to create the perfect holiday memories for you and your family. A healthy holiday season is undeniably happier than being unhealthy at this time of year. Follow these simple tips to stay physically and mentally healthier.

Managing Stress

It’s easier said than done, right? You have in-laws coming over, end-of-year demands at work, and the chaos of holiday shopping on top of everything else.

Make a habit of taking a few moments to focus on breathing deeply and you may be amazed by how much stress that alone clears away. Make time for regular exercise, even at the expense of other important activities. It will not only defeat stress, but give you more energy for getting through your busy schedule. Finally, get a good night’s rest. The health benefits of getting the sleep you need are countless, and will improve your outlook and fight stress in your life.

Healthy Food Substitutes

Those holiday parties and feasts with family and friends are important traditions. Making good choices about what you eat doesn’t have to mean sacrificing enjoying those meals, those choices can make you feel good about yourself and improve your health overall.

Turkey is a lean source of protein that is very good for you. How often do you get the opportunity to enjoy roasted turkey the rest of the year? Sweet potatoes are a healthy source of fiber and vitamins that most people rarely get to enjoy the rest of the year. Cut out the marshmallows and enjoy a healthier version of this delicious treat.

Nevertheless, there is a time and place for everything, including dessert. Enjoy a smaller portion of your favorite desserts guilt free and savor every moment of good food and family.

Make Time for Your Annual Doctor Visit

You have a lot going on this time of year, and it can be tempting to postpone your annual doctor visit if you haven’t already had it to make time for other holiday activities that are more enjoyable. However, regular doctor visits are vital for maintaining good health throughout the year. With family visits, you’ll be more in contact with elderly loved ones as well as vulnerable small children.

Enjoying this holiday season should include enjoying good health all year round. Make your health a priority as the year ends and you’ll have a head start on those New Year’s resolutions come January.

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