Keeping Healthy in Tampa During the Holidays
1. Relax - The stress of the holidays can become overwhelming. Plan ahead, rushing at the last minute only causes stress. Keep a few gift cards for your favorite store on hand if you need a last minute gift, if not you can use them later.
Remember why you are celebrating and enjoy the time with family and friends. Appreciate the relationships and don’t worry about the gifts.
Don’t be afraid to do a little less. The world will still revolve if you don’t make your special (insert holiday dish) this year. Rather than rush pick it up premade at the grocery store.
Take a few minutes every for yourself to unwind and forget the stresses of the day.
2. Don’t Skip Meals - Try not to skip a meal in anticipation of a robust spread of delicious delights. Being ravenous with immense amount of food at hand can prompt you to eat more and rapidly, without regard for calories, ending in indigestion. Have a sensible meal ahead of time, so when the vast meal comes you will only want a small portion.
3. Indulge…. A little – Have a cookie or piece of pie, just limit your portion. After the parties are over give the cookies and candies away to friends, family, neighbors or co-workers. It they linger in the house you are more likely to eat them.
4. Take Time to Exercise - With the hustle and bustle of the holidays sometime it is difficult to make it to the gym, instead go for a run or take time for a some yoga at home. It may not be your regular exercise, but take a walk after a meal at a party. Gather others and walk the neighborhood in search of holiday decorations.
Take the dogs for an extra walk, they won’t mind.
Try to get back to your regular routine as soon as possible.
5. Sleep – Out late at a social gathering past your bedtime. Give yourself permission to sleep in a little. Lack of sleep builds up and can result in increased: reduced metal acuity, foul mood, inattentiveness, and probably not fun to be around. Feeling groggy can also lead to caffeine abuse, which can result in overtaxing your adrenal glands and adrenal fatigue. If the mood hits take a nap and pull the covers over your head for a few extra minutes of shuteye.
6. Make Appointments with your Healthcare Providers - Start the year off healthy and worry free. Schedule and plan a visit to your chiropractor, annual physical, check ups and routine diagnostic test to feel assured that you start the year off healthy and stay that way.
Your Tampa Chiropractor Dr. Scott Barry at Bay City Chiropractic has openings starting Jan 2nd