Fighting Holiday Fatigue

This time of year can be exhausting and I don’t know about you, but I am counting down the days until we are in Edmonton at Tyler’s parents house and we both can just relax for ten days. 2012 has been a whirlwind of a year for us. Seems like it was a one thing after another, after another, after another kind of year and we couldn’t catch a break on anything. I must say that although it had a rocky start, the year is ending on a fabulous note. Tyler has just recently got an amazing promotion at work and we have just decided to purchase our first home together here in Calgary!! It feels wonderful to know that hard work and patience has paid off and we are both right where we need to be. We are excited to start this new adventure/process and are looking forward to living in our new home shortly into 2013. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on how we are doing and when we find our home there will be lots of decorating and DIY going on! Stay tuned for that…

In the meantime, I’m trying to not put the horse in front of the cart and am going to focus on the Christmas season and try to avoid getting run down and sick before the holidays. It’s a busy time of year  with holiday shopping, office parties, gatherings with friends and family, extra cooking and baking, entertaining guests, wrapping and decorating…the list goes on and on…

It’s important to remember that being sick and run down over the holidays isn’t fun for you and lets face it, a runny nose doesn’t go with that little black dress you have picked out for the office Christmas party. Before you get too far into the holidays, take a minute to pull the vitality back into your life this.

Here are 5 easy tips to survive the holiday blitz:

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He’s taking a break from checking that list…

  1. SLEEP – getting one less hour of sleep a night then you normally do can leave you drowsy and unable to handle the increased chaos. Stick to the same sleep schedule, exercise 3-4 hours before bed and perhaps have a small evening snack to help you drift off. Avoid heavy meals and alcohol right before bed.

  2. HORRENDOUS EATING HABITS – if you are not eating properly or drinking enough water, your body is not getting the fuel and fluid it needs. Start your day with a low-fat, high fiber breakfast and DO NOT skip meals. Choose foods with whole grain, fruits, low-fat dairy, veggies and protein. ***a good rule of thumb to follow for holiday meals is one fist size serving for protein, one fist size serving  for a carb, and two fist size serving of vegggies.This will help with portion control and you won’t overeat. ***

  3. INACTIVITY – don’t mistake being “busy” for being “active”. Exercise is vital for improving your mood, your muscles and your energy level. You say you don’t have 30 minutes? How about 10! Here are some great 10 minute exercises that you can do while you wait for that batch of cookies to bake…

  4. TIME TO DOWNSIZE?? I’m the kind of person who likes to be on the go constantly…especially during the holidays. There are so many events, craft sales and parties to go to that I always forget that sometimes we can’t be in two places at once. Look at your list of events and obligations to see where you can cut back on time, energy and money. Remember you don’t have to attend every gathering or stay right til the end of every party. Instead of burdening yourself with all the preparation of a seven course meal, have a friends and or family get together and make it a pot luck! That way everyone helps and its fun to try new dishes as well.

  5. ALCOHOL- Be aware, alcohol depresses your central nervous system and disrupts your sleep pattern. Limit yourself to 1-2 drinks with a meal or dinner. Alcohol can make your immune system weakened and thus you will be prone to catching the flu bug or other viruses.

Eat, Drink and be Merry… just be good to your body this holiday season.

What are some fun events that you have planned over the holidays??

~tl 22 days

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