All through November and December, you’ve been slammed with holiday happenings. A social gathering here, a holiday work lunch there, and a weekend consumed with festive activities. Perhaps you even left home for the holidays to visit your family while on vacation.
During this time of year, it’s easy for healthy decisions to fly out the window. Add to the mix all the extra food and alcohol, and you’ve got a recipe for post-holiday fatigue! Before you ring-in the New Year, make sure you regain some energy to focus on your health goals.
Tips for Going up against Post-holiday Fatigue
Clean-out Your Kitchen
It’s a possibility that your fridge and pantry are filled with leftover holiday goodies. Whether it’s rum cake, your mother’s famous casserole or some indulgent chocolate candies, it’s time to toss it! Throw out everything that you normally wouldn’t keep in your kitchen. Ask yourself, “does this support good health?” Then go grocery shopping to stock-up on nutritious foods.
Make a Fitness Plan
It’s time to get moving again — and shopping for presents doesn’t count. Consistency is key to making exercise a regular part of your lifestyle. Find a time of day where you are less distracted and use it to squeeze-in an enjoyable physical activity. It doesn’t have to be the gym. Then do it some more and begin to build a plan that supports your fitness goals.
Find a Support Partner
You’re likely not the only one fighting post-holiday fatigue. Find a friend or family member facing the same challenge and lean on each other to get back on track.
Make a Detailed List of Your Goals
No, this isn’t your “New Year Resolutions” list. Oftentimes, those don’t work because they aren’t specific enough and don’t include a plan for success. Sit down to create a detailed list of what you want to accomplish with your health in the New Year. Then under each item, bullet out some realistic strategies and “SMART” GOALS to help you get there.
Limit Your Alcohol Consumption
The holidays are notorious for food and drinks. You might also crave some if you’re dreading getting back to your normal routine. However, it’s wise to set a limit on how much alcohol you consume so you can avoid excess calories and poor decision-making.
Getting back on track and making your health a priority may seem like a high hill to climb, but it’s the best way to start your New Year off right. Equip yourself with the above strategies to find your healthiest self, start fresh and see your health goals come to life!