12 Ways You Can Stay Healthy Over Christmas

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This the season to be jolly, but is it possible to stay that way? There is no doubt that the Christmas season is one that so many of us look forward to, but it is also a time of stress. There are presents to buy, so many delicious foods and goodies tempting us, and a race to the finish line to get decorations up, guests invited, presents wrapped, cookies baked, and a lovely dinner on the table by the ever-looming 25th day of December.

With all the rushing around, exposure to more crowds (which puts us in the presence of a whole new group of people who are sick and should be home in bed!), and a shift in our regular eating and drinking routines, is it possible to make it through in one piece? Awareness and preparation go together here and with the following 12 suggestions, not only can you make it through alive, you can stay healthy and enjoy yourself at the same time.

 

1. Be prepared

Just a few minutes of preparation ahead of time could mean the difference between gliding through this season with ease or ending up rundown, stressed out, and compromising your usual healthy self. Try to remain as true to your usual schedule as you can. That will make you feel in control and remain confident that everything really will be okay. Little things can quickly become larger than life if we don’t have a plan.

 

2. Don’t sacrifice your sleep

Yes, it is a busy season but that is no reason you shouldn’t get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. The only thing that getting less rest will get you is more stressed. Instead, facing a busy day is much easier to tackle when you are well rested.

 

3. Drink plenty of fluids

By fluids, we mean water. People tend to drink more alcohol during the holiday season. Beer, wine, and cocktails will just dehydrate you even more if you don’t keep a bottle of water in your hand as much as possible. Dehydration can be a serious condition but it is also one that is so easy to prevent. 

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