*This is a guest article*
Ah, the holidays. The time of year when you’re flooded with family members and friends who come bearing gifts on every corner, all while trying to make it through 12 days of non-stop eating.
This time of year can be tough. A season that’s typically about joy and family is often fraught with stress. To make sure that the stress does not get to you and make you revert to your old smoking habit, you have to resort to some healthy habits.
6 Simple Life Changes to Start Healthy This Holiday Season
The holidays are a time of year when many people indulge for the sake of being festive. However, if you want to have your bad habits on a leash this season, follow these simple rules:
Nothing is worse than feeling down with no motivation during the holidays. Lack of sleep is enough to increase your stress and anxiety, making you vape a lot. It could be even worse — you can relapse to smoking cigarettes again!
You need to get more sleep, at least a solid 8 hours, every night to keep your body healthy and stress levels low. If you have trouble with sleeping, then meditate or try other healthier ways to sleep better.
Drink enough water
You will get dehydrated throughout the process of eating, snacking, and mingling with guests. So, to keep yourself healthy and strong, make sure you drink plenty of water in between glasses of eggnog and turkey dinner. This habit alone will help you prevent painful migraines and headaches that often come during this time of year.
Go to the gym
Exercising is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. Physical activity makes your body releases endorphins, which are “happy” hormones that fight stress and anxiety.
A workout can also boost your immune system, give you more energy and keep you focused. This will immensely help if you are experiencing any side-effect of vaping.
So, if you want to stay healthy, go work out at the gym or find another activity that you like doing. Even walking will do!
Have a healthy snack
If you’re feeling peckish and festive (which often happens during this time of the year), go for raw veggies or fruit instead of fried appetizers and unhealthy holiday treats like peppermint barks and mincemeat pie. This will help prevent weight gain, indigestion, and bloating.
Eat more protein
Your diet should include healthy fats, carbs, and protein for your body to function efficiently. Make sure you’re eating enough protein during this time of year because it helps to balance your blood sugar levels, maintain muscle mass, and keep you energized. Without protein, your muscles will decrease in size and strength over time, which can make it harder for you to remain active.
Stop drinking caffeine
Coffee and other caffeinated beverages can lead to anxiety and sleepless nights that will only add to the stress of the season. Reduce or eliminate caffeinated food and drinks, especially right before bedtime, so you can get a good night’s rest naturally.
If you must consume caffeine, have just a half cup of coffee instead of the usual mug. This way, you can still enjoy that holiday taste without all the caffeine jitters.
By following these simple but effective life changes, your body and mind will be in the best shape possible during the holidays. The habits will improve your mood and help prevent those dreaded holiday winter blues. You’ll feel healthier and happier, which is what everyone wants, right?
Thank you for reading.