1. Have a filling breakfast
UK based nutritionist Kerry Torrens advocates a filling and sugar-stabilising breakfast, such as porridge, if you are heading out in the evening. Starting the day with a generous breakfast can help control your appetite later in the day. She recommends adding a dollop of probiotic yoghurt to help boost immunity.
2. Manage stress
December can be more than a bit stressful what with all the gift buying that you need to do and the flight tickets you need to book. Dont miss out on your yoga sessions. Also connect with friends and family and importantly, get adequate sleep.
3. Power nap
Not everyone can squeeze in some shuteye before a big night out, but if you can, power naps have a lot going for them. Just 30 minutes can make a difference, writes Nick Littlehales, author of Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours. If that is impossible, he says you are can still get some benefits by finding a quiet corner, closing your eyes and disconnecting for a moment.
4. Adapt your exercise routine
Personal trainer Holly Davidson says it is important not to give up exercise until the new year. “Come January, you’re going to be really wishing you hadn’t done that.” She suggests continuing to schedule workouts, but break them into shorter blocks.
5. Keep healthy snacks nearby
The festive season brings an influx of sugary temptations that are hard to resist. Keep a selection of healthier snacks, such as fruit or nuts, in your drawer or bag. “Never go to a party really hungry,” says Davidson. “Have a snack before you go.”
6. Stay hydrated
Jennifer Lawrence had H20 tattooed (incorrectly) on her hand to remind herself to stay hydrated. You don’t need to go to those lengths, but water is crucial to stay healthy, particularly because it is winter and you might be taking it easy on water intake. Take regular sips throughout the day. Alternate juices/fizzy drinks with a glass of water when at an event.
7. Wash your hands
Rhinovirus, the predominant cause of the common cold, can end your festive cheer. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that the virus replicates better in lower temperatures, so keeping your nose warm with a scarf could help prevent a cold. Experts also recommends washing your hands and being careful about touching your eyes and mouth to help stop you catching colds.
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