Sarah Coleman: 8 healthy tips to help survive the holidays
December 14, 2017
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — 'Tis the season! With the holidays come joy and cheer, happiness and giving, health and new goals. But for some, the holidays can be particularly tough times. The struggle is real and can lead to weight gain, relapse, depression, isolation and over commitment.
Let's take the struggle out and put the joy back in this holiday season. Here are eight tips to keep you happy, healthy and sober.
- Exercise — Move every day, whether it is 10 burpees every morning, a dog walk or your favorite gym class. Sticking to a routine or daily regimen is the best thing you can do for yourself and, therefore, others around you. It is scientifically proven to lead to better results and sustained happiness. No excuses!
- Rock it out — Music can really put you in a fabulous mood. Don't be afraid to jam out when the stress hits. Put on your favorite hit and dance it out. Sometimes just listening to “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons can cure any gloom you may have.
- Plan an escape route — At a party, have a way out for both social pressures and over socializing. Give yourself a timeline and stick with it. Also, think about keeping your hands full. Have a glass of soda water in your hand at all times to help distract you. And, drive your own car.
- Get to know the buffet line — Before you eat or drink, check out the options. Is the punch spiked? Are there healthier food options? Is there one treat you must have? Overeating can cause weight gain and/or lead to other addictive behaviors. If you are abstaining from drinking, bring your own holiday NA drink.
- Have a support system — Lean on friends and family. Have daily check-ins to hold yourself accountable. Don't be shy, attend an AA meeting or a gym class or a local art show wherever you are for the holidays. I cannot stress enough how important it is to stick to your routine. And, you might just make a new friend.
- Self-care — Self-care looks different to everyone. Get to know what eases the stress of a day for you. Mediation, yoga, breath work, a positive phone call, cooking a meal for someone (giving back reminds us that the holidays are about others, too), asking for help, taking the dog out, fresh air, a cupcake and the list goes on. Self-care can be very simple but is very important.
- Plan some activities, plan some down time — This one is very important. You need to keep yourself busy but not too busy. Sounds a little contradictory, right? Give yourself a few social outings to attend, but don't overwhelm yourself. If you tend to isolate, set a number of activities to do each week. If you overbook, set some downtime for everyday.
- Set some goals — ‘Tis the season, right? Make one goal right now for the rest of the month. Write it down on a sticky note and put it on the bathroom mirror. Look at it everyday. CONQUER IT! Then, set another one!
Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently the health and wellness director at The Foundry, Coleman is a personal trainer, “CrossFitter,” coach, outdoor enthusiast, managing partner with Inspired Live Network and owner of A Weight Lifted Fitness Camp. She provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space, as well as the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone’s face.