December Do's and Don'ts: Part 1

It’s December, quite possibly one of the most controversial months of the year! Half of us despise it: the bustle, the noise, the stress of holiday shopping, the crowds, the family get-togethers; and the other half of us adore it: the lights, the Christmas music, that warm atmosphere and the holiday cheer surrounding us. There are ups and downs to every season, but this happens to be one of our personal favorites!

To make sure that everyone enjoys the rest of December and the beginning of the New Year, we’re doing a two-part post with some Do’s and Don’ts (courtesy of Happy Healthy People) to help you survive the season with a happy heart, a happy waistline, and a happy head.

First come the Don’ts.

Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to eat yourself into obesity. We all get a little carried away during this time of the year, and that’s ok! There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself, it’s just important to remember to set boundaries on your binging so that you don’t welcome in the New Year with 20 extra pounds on you.

Don’t drink too much at your work party and do something you might regret for the rest of the year. Some of us have been there, and it’s not a place you want to go! It’ll leave you with undue stress and embarrassment for quite a while until you learn to laugh about it later.

Don’t put off all your shopping until the last minute. We’ve all seen that crazy person barreling through the mall on Christmas Eve with a wild look in their eyes as they begin the 7-hour trip to knock all their Christmas presents out in one go, and it’s safe to say that we don’t ever want to be that person. That person is stressed, that person goes to bed with a headache and wakes up with bags under their eyes resenting the holiday season. Don’t be that person.

Don’t forget to keep up with your weekly routines, whatever they might be. If you typically exercise for an hour each day, go ahead and keep doing that through the holiday season. If you need at least 8 hours of sleep each night, don’t deprive yourself just because it’s Christmas. Breaking from your routine can lead to sleep deprivation, crankiness, stress and anxiety, and much more! Stay on top of things to keep yourself happy and healthy.

Don’t forget to challenge yourself when creating your resolutions for the upcoming year. Put health as a top priority, and create resolutions that will help you become a happier, healthier individual. Instead of “losing weight”, try something like “eat a well-balanced diet including 4 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to help lower my risk of health issues and help with my weight”.

Don’t forget to be thankful for everything you have: your health, your family, your friends, your job, your pet…whatever it is, take some time to appreciate it!

Remember to keep these Don’ts in mind during this busy time of the year, and check in next week for our list of Do’s for the holiday season!