Day 10 - Take Care of Yourself
Get Enough Sleep - Adults need 7-8 hours of sleep every night, but during the holidays, we tend to stay up later and not get enough rest. If you are short of sleep, stay in bed a little later in the morning or find time for a nap. It will help keep your energy up and avoid fatigue.
Get Enough Exercise - Try to maintain your normal exercise routine. If you can't, take a walk, go for a swim or find time for a quick run. It will keep your blood flowing and burn a few of those extra calories.
Watch Your Sugar Intake - It's easy to over-indulge in sugar and empty carbs during the holiday season. Remember, everything in moderation. Enjoy a cookie, but don't eat the whole plate. Don't sit next to the candy dish. Sample sweets but don't make a meal of them. Avoid between meal snacking. You will avoid blood-sugar spikes and reduce your need for a post-holiday diet.
Drink in Moderation - Don't confuse the holiday spirit with holiday spirits. Excessive amounts of alcohol cause dehydration and disrupt sleep. Hangovers are your body's way of saying "stop that." Celebrate the holiday's but don't overdo it.
Stay Hydrated - Soft drinks, wine, eggnog, beer, liquor - none of these things are water. Drink plenty of water, especially if you are in the sun or where it's very cold.
Rest When You Get Tired - Shopping, cooking travelling and spending time with family and friends can be both physically and emotionally tiring. When you get tired, stop and catch your breath. Take a time out from whatever you are doing and sit down for a few minutes. Take a brief nap. Find a quiet place to sit and contemplate. Don't worry, the celebration will still be going on when you return.
The holiday's are a wonderful time of year, but it's important to take care of our physical and emotional selves. Pace yourself so you increase your enjoyment while avoiding feeling exhausted when they are over.