Hello lady, you worked really hard this year on your wellness journey and we know you are very proud of yourself. We are too. You deserve a fun and relaxing holiday, free of stress and guilt. Let’s think about it, the holidays are a time of the year to enjoy with family and friends.  Unfortunately for many, the holidays come with a lot of temptation. Imagine this. You are at a holiday gathering and are surrounded by yummy treats and drinks that are screaming your name. You get drawn in, and can’t help yourself but to pick one, two… and end up with five mouth watering treats on your plate. Then BOOM, guilt hits. So what do you do now? The answer is breathe in, breathe out and carry on.

Overeating may not be the greatest choice for you or your diet, but one act won’t crucify your entire diet on its own. One meal will not cause you to gain weight, just as one meal will not allow you to lose weight. You can still have your comfort food, but you also have to remember your health. It can become challenging to remember our normal wellness routines over the holidays. Fortunately, there are plenty of little ways to invest in and maintain healthy routines this holiday season, and we have got you covered with these simple tips.

Indulge consciously

We challenge you to be more aware of what your body is asking for this holiday season. Listen to your body. If hunger is calling, answer to that call. Be mindful of your portion sizes, you’ll have a lot of opportunities to eat festive food, desserts and drinks. There is no need to deprive yourself. By all means, enjoy as much as you can. Life is too short. Eat smaller portions, and be conscious of how much you are consuming. If you are going to indulge in one particular meal favorite, fill the rest of the plate with healthy options as much as possible. Satisfy your cravings this season, and do so without any regrets!

Hydrate as much as you can, with water

The last thing we want you to be, is dehydrated. The holidays can be very busy. Most times, our mind can mistaken thirst for hunger. Not only does water help flush out toxins from our bodies, drinking a glass before your meal can trick your body into feeling fuller. If you are drinking alcohol over the holidays be sure to alternate between water, this will help you stay hydrated. If you are going for a non-alcoholic beverage, try a low calorie, low sugar mocktail or go for a simple fruit infused water. Keep water bottles around you, so you don’t forget to drink!

Get quality sleep

Let’s be real, the holidays can be very overwhelming and busy. They can consist of last minute shopping, events, parties, and travels, so it is very easy to miss out on quality sleep. Unfortunately, depriving yourself from sleep impacts your mood and can affect your physical health since you aren’t giving your body enough time to heal itself. Find time to take a nap during the day if you can’t get enough hours of sleep at night. We hope you use this time to get your beauty sleep, it will give you so much energy to make it through this busy holiday season.

Practice self-care

Who has time for themselves this holiday season. It’s YOU! Find time to de-stress. It’s time to practice small acts of self-care and kindness. Read a book in a quiet space. Get your nails done. Spend a day at the spa. Go shopping and try on all the fancy dresses. Treat yourself to a lunch date. You deserve it. After all, you’ve worked so hard this entire year why not spoil yourself?

Be thankful and pay it forward

Okay, maybe it wasn’t the greatest year or maybe it was. Regardless of the category you fall under, there is so much to be grateful and thankful for. Appreciate what you have. Have a positive mindset and look at your situation in a new light. This holiday season love one another and pay it forward with small acts of kindness. Challenge yourself by donating to a food pantry, or paying for a strangers food. Love is contagious, so let’s spread it to the world.

Be kind to yourself, enjoy quality time with your friends and family and most importantly give back when you have the chance. We wish you a healthy and happy holiday season.