Avoid Stress Related Overeating During the Holidays
And with stress comes stress-related eating that can quickly derail your best efforts toward losing weight.
If you can take control of your stress, you can get a shot at eating healthier too.
Here are some tips to guide you:
1) Get Your ZZZ's.
You may not think that your sleep habits have such a big impact your eating habits at holiday time but they do. At least, lack of sleep does. When you're not well rested you tend to eat less healthfully and find excuses not to exercise. If you can commit to getting enough hours of restful sleep at this time of year, you will give yourself an edge at better managing your stress level, your eating habits and your weight.
2) Share Feelings.
Rather than keep your feelings to yourself, this is the time you need to reach out to those you trust and share your thoughts and feelings. Are you overloaded at home and need to ask for help? Do you need to delegate more at work? This is not the time to go it alone. Instead, spread the holiday cheer by spending quality time with those you know you can trust. And in return you will be there when your friends need help too.
3) Quiet Your Mind.
You're rushing through the days and evenings and are counting down till Christmas and New Years. But you also need to learn how to quiet your mind and forget those to-do lists for a while. Consider practicing deep breathing exercises with meditation CDs or doing an "on demand" yoga class in the comforts of your own home. Even soaking in a warm bath at night may be all you need to be still and enjoy the quiet that these activities can bring. This will energize you and make you more emotionally available for all the holiday fanfare to come.
4) Look for Activity Opportunities.
For a quick boost in energy, you will want to look for opportunities to be active and burn more calories during the course of your normal day's routine. We understand that you may not be able to get to the gym or attend an exercise class. But you can park your car farther away at the mall, take the stairs instead of the elevator and take walking breaks at work instead of coffee breaks. Ten minutes here and ten minutes there really do add up. Focus on accumulating a minimum of 30 minutes of brisk walking on most days of the week. You'll feel better and more energized... and the extra calories burned won't hurt either!
I hope these four tips will help you feel less stressed, more calm and help you face fewer stress-related eating episodes this holiday season.