How to Get Through the Holiday Season Healthy
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How to Get Through the Holiday Season Healthy

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The holidays are officially here. This year, the holidays might look a little different because of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we should fall out of our routine and put our health on the back burner.

This year, we need to keep it simple and stick to the basics. The truth is that a lot of holiday parties and traditions will most likely be canceled, so your schedule might be a little lighter, but you should still stick to it and keep it simple. When it comes to your health, it boils down to the physical and mental. Both are important if you want to get through the holiday season.

Here are some tips physically and mentally to keep you get through the holiday season healthy.

Physical

Body’s Communication System – Without this system, you don’t exist. Your body functions because of the nervous system. Your brain speaks to the rest of the body through the spinal cord and miles of nerves. When you get your chiropractic adjustments, you assure your nervous system has the best opportunity to function without interference from the spine.

Drink Water – Get water and drink half your body weight in ounces daily. If you weigh 140 pounds, drink 70 ounces of water daily. It’s not uncommon for alcohol, caffeine and junk food consumption to go up during the holiday season, but you should up your water intake as well. For every glass of alcohol, have an extra glass of water. Same applies for caffeine.

Move – Move your body in any way possible and as frequently as possible. Keep your normal gym and workout routines. In addition, go for walks after dinner or in the afternoon. If you have kids and they are on holiday break, go to the park, play a game of football or even a game of tag. We eat more, we drink more, we work more from home, so we must actively pursue more movement than ever before.

Game Plan – Set out a plan before your holiday gatherings and stick to it. If you’re going to a gathering, eat a light healthy snack prior so you don’t overeat while you’re there. A game plan beforehand helps maintain some structure and adherence to your goals.

Mental

Staying Sane – Do what you know keeps you sane. If that means you need a full night rest, then make sure to get a good night’s sleep or take a nap before the gathering. If you tend to be hungry earlier, plan ahead and eat a snack. Do what makes you happy and keeps you mentally in line.

Patience – This year the holidays are going to be hard for many people. This year has been a year like no other, so having more patience may be the key to your sanity and enjoyment this holiday season. Find patience this holiday season, you’ll be happier for it.

Gratitude – Find what you can be grateful for and embrace it. Whatever it is, find it and own it.

The holidays depend on our perception and how we move through them. Keep it simple, stay physically balance with chiropractic adjustments, proper water intake, increased movement and a game plan for food and booze. Mentally keep yourself on track by knowing what keeps you sane and engaging with those practices and being patient and grateful.

SOURCES
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jesscording/2019/11/22/healthy-and-sane-holiday-season/?sh=7d361ab68716
https://www.adventhealth.com/blog/11-ways-stay-healthy-holiday-season
https://www.cdc.gov/healthequity/features/holidayseason/index.html

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