Today is the last of my holiday tips and it is probably the most important. My hope is these tips will help you enjoy your holidays even more.
The first one, and please don’t laugh, is manager your stress.
I know this is one of the most stressful times of year. But how you manage stress influences your body chemistry, health, immune system and so much more.
To quickly manage stress, try this simple breathing exercise. It can be done anytime, anywhere. It is called the 4, 7 8 breath. I even use it to help me fall asleep. Here goes:
Inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
Hold your breath for a count of seven.
Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
The next tip is drink plenty of water. Water is one of the most neglected sources of nourishment. Simply fill up a large glass or bottle, keep it on your desk or bring it with you wherever you go.
Hydration is a natural appetite suppressant and a crucial step toward helping with weight loss and to avoiding junk food binges. Some studies go as far as saying it is the secret weapon in weight loss.
Water helps to balance electrolytes and keep hunger cues in check. Exact water requirements vary widely among individuals – so, listen to your body and learn how much works for you.
Lastly, make your bedroom your sanctuary. Your bedroom should be used only for sleep and intimacy with your partner. Avoid watching TV or using a computer in your bedroom and it’s best to keep your electromagnetic exposure to a minimum before bedtime. Clear the clutter, keep the temperature on the cool side and the room very dark.
This is such a busy time of year, it’s easy to put taking care of yourself on the back burner. But when that happens our cup empties, our fuse gets short and we get very overwhelmed.
These are just a few simple things that you can easily integrate into your daily life, whether it’s the holidays or not. I encourage you to give them a try. You’re worth the time.
Well that’s it for the holiday tips. I wish you the happiest and healthiest of holidays.
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Love and Hugs,
P.S. Will you be part of my free post-Christmas fitness challenge? If you would like more information you can click here and ask to join my Facebook group. This challenge might be just what you need to help you refocus on YOU.