It’s crunch time. There are just 5 days left till Christmas. 5! Are you stressing? I’m sure most of you would agree that the Holiday season can be quite stressful. Parties, buying presents, traveling, extra traffic, family gatherings, all can add unwanted stress. It’s also when most people fall off the wagon and give in to their sugar temptations, indulge in excess amounts of alcohol, and munch on the processed, easy to grab snacks rather than eat a healthy, wholesome meal. However, all those empty calories are sure to add up and will only add to your stress levels, not to mention make you sluggish while you try to complete your laundry list of tasks to get done.
Here are a few tips from an article I read on PsychologyToday.com to help minimize your holiday stress:
– Get moving. Perhaps one of the best ways to overcome stress during the holidays or any other time is to exercise regularly. Research shows that physical activity not boosts your fitness and energy levels but can also elevate your moods. In addition, exercise has been found to reduce anger, tension, fatigue and confusion. Despite the many demands on your time, this is not the season to stop exercising.
– Go for real foods mostly. Inevitably, at this time of year, you’ll be tempted with sugary, empty-calorie “treats” just about wherever you go. But to be your most energetic, focused and happy self, it’s best to eat foods that grow on trees or on the ground (vegetables and fruits) and to choose healthy fats (such as olive oil and flax seeds), lean protein (such as fish and organic chicken), nuts and seeds.
– Prepare “Nice To Do For Me” and “Need to Do For You” lists. Writing down all that you have to do during the holidays will help you realize how do-able your tasks are. Be realistic as to what you put on your lists. Then start tackling one item from each list in turn. For example, after buying gifts for your mom or significant other, take time to work out, too. By alternating between lists, you won’t feel deprived, because you’re being good to yourself.
These are just a few suggestions, the rest can be read here. It should be noted that not all of the tips are ideal, particularly the one that condones taking “polite portions” of comfort foods. You are an adult. You really should know how to politely and firmly decline something you don’t want by now.
Push Press 3 x 3
5 rounds, 9min cap