Keeping a routine during the holidays can be tough.
During every other time of the year routines get us to where we want to go. They feed us delicious (hopefully healthy) food, they get us to the gym, and they provide us with the downtime we need to recharge our batteries.
The holidays, while they are a magical time of year, can wreak havoc on routines and cause a lot of stress for some people. While holidays are a glorious occasion to meet with family and friends and eat (& drink) copious amounts of food it’s always good to keep at least some parts of your non-holiday routine to reduce the almost inevitable holiday chaos.
Here are some great tips to help you stick to your routine during the holidays.
Make familiar dishes. Take every chance you can to prepare the foods you typically have during the year. Holidays are totally a chance to have some of those special foods (for me it’s mushroom sauce – drool), but one way to keep a bit of your non-holiday routine around is to keep cooking your everyday favourites! I like to bring my everyday favourites as potluck contributions – not only are they usually a healthy option but they’re often easy to prepare because I’ve made them several times before.
Don’t forget breakfast! If breakfast is normally in your routine, do your best to keep it in your routine during the holidays. I try to keep my breakfast routine of eggs or oatmeal – starting the day with something filling and healthy leads me to make better decisions later in the day.
Schedule your fitness. Whether that means a walk after dinner with the family or sneaking in an afternoon or morning workout class, planning it out ahead of time takes away some of the stress of trying to squeeze everything into a bursting schedule. I love the GoodLife Fitness app for this – I can pick the classes I want to attend and add them straight to my calendar.
Get everyone involved. Encourage involvement from everyone you’re seeing over the holidays. A post-meal walk is a great way to get out into the fresh air and to fit in some activity. I’m from Winterpeg, Manisnowba and we do this every year – you can’t tell me where you live is too cold! (maybe unless you’re from northern Canada?)
Time For Yourself
Don’t forget to find “me time.” This will look different for different people but could include finding time to read, meditate, have a bath, etc. With all the festivities sometimes it’s great to have a quiet, peaceful, slice of time.
Ultimately do what you can, when you can and don’t get too concerned if you don’t meet your own set expectations everyday. The holidays come but once a year and while it may be nice to keep to your routine during the holidays, don’t forget to make time for who and what matter most!
This post was written as part of the GoofLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.