Something about the holiday season always seems to make us feel busier.
Work and school schedules fluctuate, and the general hustle and bustle of this time of year can be an additional stressor in our lives. Combined with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this holiday season is not without its challenges. But while it may be tempting to relax our efforts of our healthy routines during the holidays, now is a more important time than ever to maintain or start new health and safety habits.
Here are some tips to consider.
It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the busiest and most stressful. It’s helpful to get yours and your family’s schedules in order, including options and locations for exercise. Even something as simple as taking an extra brisk walk, making the time to exercise will help balance your body and mind along with your other plans. Safety is also of the utmost importance, especially during the winter. Talk with your neighbors about being active and ready to help in unexpected situations such as bad weather, or any emergencies that may arise from travel or other activities. Having these priorities in place will help put your mind at ease during this busy time.
Switch your routine
You may have a set way of doing things throughout your day, but the potential schedule changes during the holidays are a perfect time to temporarily alter your diet and workout routines. Switching up the frequency and intensity of exercise and introducing new healthy foods to your diet can be a good shock to your system. Changing your routine can also help add some flexibility to your schedule. If you feel overwhelmed, remember to take a few minutes to simply pause and relax. This will help calm your thoughts and allow you to center yourself.
Begin a new healthy habit(s)
Any time is a good time to start a new, healthy initiative, which is great for both your body and mind. While the holidays are often an excuse for people to skip exercise or eat poorly, the reverse can happen too. Starting a new exercise routine, improving your diet, and interacting with friends and family in positive ways are all great things to begin at this time of year.
While the holiday season is hectic, it is very important to take the time for your physical and mental health. Eat well, get exercise and rest, and drink plenty of water. Doing these things will help you maintain safe, healthy routines, and be able to enjoy the holidays more thoroughly.
For any questions and more information on holiday health and safety, visit www.bchealthdepartment.org, or call us at 815-872-5091.
Bureau, Putnam & Marshall County Health Departments
526 Bureau Valley Parkway
Princeton, IL 61356