The holiday season brings feelings of joy, happiness, and love. Children’s eyes are filled with excitement as they wait for Santa to come. We spend time with family going to parties, decorating the house, and enjoying the warm holiday mood that fills the air. However, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can also bring stress, exhaustion, lethargy, and weight-gain. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the holiday trap! Instead, practice these pointers…

1. Get your workout in! By getting 30-60 minutes of exercise you will increase the release of endorphins creating a euphoric feeling in the body and blocking out the perception of pain. Getting your workout in will also help to improve your sleep so that you can get up each day feeling refreshed to take on the day.

2. Eat healthy! The temptation is strong during the holiday to grab just one cookie…and then maybe one more. To get just one drink with friends an then find yourself still out to dinner 3 hours later and 4-5 drinks down. Don’t allow yourself to give in to the temptation. Eat a healthy meal full of protein before going to any holiday gatherings. This will keep you satisfied so you are less likely to go for the treats. Drink at least one 8 ounce glass of water between every alcoholic beverage you consume. This will not only keep you hydrated but will reduce the amount of alcoholic beverages that you consume. Lastly, take a healthy dish to pass when you are going to a party or potluck. Bring a veggie tray with a healthy greek yogurt based dip!

3. Take at least 15 minutes a day to just breathe! If you regularly practice yoga you know how beneficial the final corpse pose is in getting you centered and relaxed. Take this into your daily life. If you have a daily yoga practice then having this corpse pose at the end of your practice can be enough. However, if you are unable to fit in an entire practice then find 15 minutes to go to a quiet place in your home or at a park and just breathe! Find a comfortable seated position, lengthen the inhales and exhales, and focus on the breath. Allow your mind to completely relax!

4. ALWAYS KEEP SMILING!

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