Get Well

How to Stay Healthy(ish) While Celebrating the Holidays

by Madeline Goode

Traveling to new or beloved destinations to celebrate the holidays are, for many, the best times of the year. They can also be tricky times to stay healthy. The shift in temperature and daylight hours combined with seasonal, processed calorie bombs and travel that is a germaphobe’s nightmare can really take a toll on our physical and mental health. The result: we can get stuck in one funky-funk.

While we should obviously enjoy these festive experiences to the fullest, returning to reality can feel sluggish and just plain rough. Here are some tricks to stay healthy(ish) whether traveling or at home for the holidays, so you can return to normal life feeling rested and restored!

Pack Travel Snacks

Do not try and rely on the airport or your destination to have what you need or the time to shop for snacks. Being prepared before you leave prevents the rounds of apologies later after hungry spirals into hangry (and do the same for your return trip home). Snack right with natural foods like nuts, fruits (non-squishy, like apples), kale chips, even yogurt or canned tuna, and you’ll arrive nice and full instead of groggy and cranky. If buying packaged food, peep the nutritional info and make sure it’s made of natural ingredients you can pronounce! Also, don’t forget your reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.


Holidays and vacations are perfect opportunities to spend time with loved ones and enjoy the scenery — only if you steer clear of checking your phone or laptop and *hopefully* stay away from doing work. Apple devices now tell you how much time you’re spending on screen, with details like how often you pick it up. Try a “no phone” day on your vacay, and you’ll realize just how often you reach for it.

If you’re traveling for the holidays somewhere chilly, we recommend snuggling up next to a warm fire, under a blanket, with a crisp breeze coming in from the window as you juggle a hot drink and a good book. Our favorite in recent years: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Step into her world — you’ll look up hours later realizing you haven’t checked your phone.

 Mental Health Recharge

This is so important, and not always possible to do in our daily lives. Hanging with great people, relaxing, and reconnecting, can charge up your heart and mind like you wouldn’t believe. So can opening your eyes and mind to a new worldview while traveling. Employ your five senses by talking with locals and listening to the notes of the language, by smelling the air, tasting their foods, reaching out and touching to learn how the walls, the sand, the earth feels, and slowing to take mental pictures as your head whips around looking. These sensations are what stay with you — I recommend writing in a travel journal while these experiences are still fresh in your mind.

Prioritize You — and Yes, You Can Say No

Of course, if you have some not ideal relationships at your destination, being sure to take time for yourself and recognizing your needs is so important, too. This is your vacation after all. Take a bath, read a book, light a candle. Inhale, exhale. Sleep in! Also, you will likely see those relatives or friends you haven’t seen in a while. If there is something you have been wanting to maturely discuss in person, with empathy, now could be the time, versus the susceptibility of your meaning getting lost in translation if you discuss on your phone.

Being giving and selfless is a pillar of the holidays — have you ever seen It’s a Wonderful Life!? — but knowing when to say no can be equally important. Ask yourself, do I really want to do that? Do I really want to eat that? Do I need a moment to myself? You do not have to eat a plate of every food made, for example, but can politely take some of each and try a bite. You are a grown-ass person, and can feel confident in your choices.


Don’t beat yourself up for enjoying that amazing meal and indulging, especially if you’re traveling to a foodie destination. Try for the majority of your food to still be semi-healthy, though. Aim to keep vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and some fruits incorporated into your meals. Plus, starting the day off right with a healthy, filling breakfast helps. At the end of the day, your vacation is what you make of it. Listen to your body and eat what you crave and need. If you want a rainbow of vegetables, go for it! If you want to taste all the Christmas treats, more power to you! Our tip: if you’re traveling abroad, make sure to try new cuisines. We truly believe this is of a form of self-care, so give that escargot a whirl.

If you want give it a try while you travel, there’s plenty of science to back up mindful eating! Check out this handy infographic here, a detailed one here, and one by the Washington Post here. Mindful eating means being consciously aware of what you’re consuming, aka slowing down and appreciating your food. So instead of mindlessly bingeing while distracted by scrolling on your phone or watching TV, you become aware of how you feel and when you’re full.

If Not the Gym, Take a Walk

If you want to rest, do not feel pressured to stick to an invigorating workout schedule. Take the time to let your body recuperate. Try to get outside and take a walk if the gym isn’t calling your name. A leisurely stroll through your surroundings does wonders, especially if you are on vacation and MUST explore. Get into nature, or skip the cars or subways and use a map. Walking is the best tool for learning your way around, while also soaking up that Vitamin D!

If you can get your heart rate up, though, you will feel less schlumpy at the end of your trip. Try something new! Some people love booty/resistance bands for their easy transportation and use, but running on the beach, basics like planks with mountain climbers, pushups, lunges, or squats are great, quick alternatives to your usual workouts to shock the muscles. However, if going to the gym at 6 am every morning is crucial to keeping you sane, you do you!

Drink. Water.

 It is crucial, however, to stay hydrated since you’re off of your usual routine, not to mention all the imbibing you’ll likely do with wine and holiday-themed cocktails. Speaking of which: clear liquor is the best, including for hangovers — try the classic vodka soda with a lime. For wine, the dryer it is, the less sugar it contains. (If not, there’s always supplements to help those nasty next-day feels.) Being dehydrated can deepen jet lag, and busy days make drinking water a hard habit to remember.


While the sun setting earlier can definitely trip you up so you feel like you’re the human version of Eeyore, don’t think of sleep as the enemy! Traveling in trains, planes, and/or automobiles in addition to sleeping in beds that are not your own can make you restless, and begin a brutal sleep cycle. Melatonin and magnesium are also great to help you get a good night’s rest, including during long travel.

Try some tricks to settle into slumber that work for you, like putting your phone away, getting to a good, snuggly temperature, lighting a candle, and deep, slow breaths. Lack of rest leads to crankiness that can ruin your time exploring a new place or with fellow holiday celebrators. Just don’t try counting sheep — that works for no one, not even sheep.

Feature image via Victoria Morris 

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Let us slide into your inbox with things that'll make you feel good.
Read more

Polisi rahasia bermain di situs Pertaruhan Poker Online paling dipercaya untuk beberapa pemula 2019 Untuk beberapa player perintis, terkadang mereka masih gelisah dan belum tahu apa yang butuh mereka lakukan agar bisa menang pada permainan judi di web Judi Poker Online mengelokkan dipercaya. Nah kalaupun mempergunakan langkah menang bermain pada situs pokerqq paling dipercaya, tetapi pastilah bukan langkah hebat yang butuh dipelajari tetapi langkah yg biasa saja. dalam hal ini, kamu harus bisa tahu secara benar berkaitan cara-cara teristimewa yg bisa dibutuhkan. Dikau semestinya bisa tahu serta tahu jika ada kurang lebih langkah teristimewa yg mampu anda terapkan dan punyai kekuatan menang meskipun dikau hanya player pemula. Untuk beberapa pemula, diantaranya mengenai jadi masalaj adalah kepandaian. Karena mereka belum demikian memiliki pengalaman, jadi kemudian akan ada banyak kesalahan yg digerakkan karena memang dikit tahu berkaitan segala sesuatu –apa saja yang butuh dan tidak harus digerakkan. Anda semestinya bisa optimis dengan betul-betul baik berselok-belok apa yang butuh & tidak harusdijalankan. Dalam langkah teristimewa yg bisa ditangani, memang yg anda sepatutnya perhatikan dengan baik merupakan berkaitan cara-cara yg cuma sesuai dengan dan sesuai untuk pemula saja. Kurang lebih trick menang bermain pada situs Judi Poker On line paling dipercaya pas untuk pemula Jika anda benar-benar masih pemula, jadi kamu harus bisa mencari info dan studi cara-cara paling istimewa yg cocok dan serasi dengan juga bikin pemula. Dalam hal ini, dikau harus bisa coba menelaah informasi dari beberapa sumber pelajari sampai anda bakal tahu apa yang zakar dan tidak harus digerakkan. Anda harus bisa manfaatkan cara-cara menang main di situs Judi Poker Online paling dipercaya yg selama ini sudah serius sesuai dengan dan bagus bikin digerakkan. Anda harus bisa studi semua dengan sahih, dan tersebut cara-cara yang sesuai dengan untuk pemula: Berusaha sebaik-baiknya pahami sajian – cara pertama yang butuh untuk anda lakukan adalah bagaimana anda mampu berusaha sebaik-baiknya pahami sajian. Wacana akan permainan oleh sebab itu kunci penting yg butuh sekali bikin dikendalikan jika anda nyata-nyata benar akan mendapatkan kemenangan dan sukses seterusnya dalam permainan itu. Tips untuk pemula di bermain di situs poker online IDN paling dipercaya Cari berbagai peluang gaji – setelah itu kamu juga harus bisa mengetahui dan tahu berkaitan gimana anda bisa mendapatkan moral. Selama ini banyak yang mempunyai asumsi jika bikin bisa mendapatkan penghasilan, jadi kita harus menang di permainan itu. walau aktual itu sebetulnya tidak tunak benar karena ada selalu peluang yg bisa kamu dapatkan meskipun tidak unggul seperti dari bonus & promo. Bermain dengan jalan bertahap saja – guna player pemula, pola serta cara bermain yg akan digerakkan serta digerakkan sewajarnya memang digerakkan dengan jalan bertahap saja. bermain secara bertahap itu perlu amat bikin digerakkan karena dengan begitu, anda bisa mencari ilmu dari masing-masing stage yg anda patuhi itu. silahkan anda bertahap saja cantik dalam memastikan level sajian atau tempatkan deposit. Selalu konsentrasi tetapi jangan secepatnya – sikap konsentrasi serta tenang jadi bagian berarti lain yg anda sepatutnya kuasai dengan baik. Kalau anda bisa konsentrasi di bermain, jadi anda bisa keuntungan banyak dimana dikau bisa tenang mainkan semata. Coba untuk anda dapat konsentrasi saja dalam tampil karena dengan begitu, oleh karena itu anda bisa banyak moral. Gunakan beberapa cara di atas jadi diantaranya sesi trik agar anda mampu menang mudah. Tidak cuma beberapa cara di atas, ada banyak sebetulnya trik dan langkah menang permainan di situs Judi poker online paling dipercaya yg bisa anda gunakan dalam permain poker online itu.