How to Not Overdo It This Holiday Season

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We are all hustling and bustling to get in our preparations for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In the name of fun, family and fellowship it's common for most of us to over do it. How many times have you or a loved one gotten sick January 2, after the winter holiday season adrenaline rush has ended? Do you think maybe you overdid it?

You can get your party on and still feel energized if you treat your body right. Let go of the "go hard or go home" sentiment during this cheerful season. There are the same 24 hours in each day, winter, spring, summer and fall and no need to cram three months of living into one month. Think less is more to keep your health in check.

The following are simple steps to starting the new year off powerfully and physically strong.
• You know that party you really don’t want to go to? Really, don’t go! We have to set limits on where we spend our energy. If it will be draining to attend an event and you are already a bit tired, listen to your body and stay at home. You may want to reserve the energy for a festive gathering that you know you will really enjoy.
• Schedule time to regroup! If you plan to be out and about for several hours, make an appointment to rest and put in on your calendar. You could get a relaxing manicure/pedicure, read your favorite book or magazine or sleep. Just make sure that it’s downtime that will allow you to feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
• If you drink alcohol, avoid hangovers by eating and staying hydrated. Use the buddy system by reminding a friend to eat and drink water before alcoholic beverages. Follow up with more water before leaving a party. Also, please tell your friend if she has had too much to drink. As always, be responsible and don’t drink and drive.

Words: Dr. Lisa H. Upshaw

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