Friday, December 22, 2017

Your Survival Guide For Holiday Parties

With the countdown to Christmas officially underway, your only focus should be on having fun. Holiday cheer comes in all shapes and sizes. For some, this may mean doing some last minute shopping, traveling to see friends and family or attending that annual holiday party. Oh—and who can forget baking some cookies, too?

And with only a few days to go until the big 2-5 (can you believe it’s already here?) it’s hard to keep all that seasonal stress under wraps. That’s why we’ve created a Santa-approved survival guide to help make all of your upcoming holiday parties the best—and healthiest—yet.

Crunch your calories. Before heading to the party, which likely has some irresistible treats, help yourself to some healthy helpings of lean protein, whole grains and fresh produce. Maybe those freshly-baked treats won’t look so delicious with a full tummy—right?

Make a plan. And stick to it. Before heading to a party, decide what foods you’re willing to splurge on—whatever you think you’ll enjoy the most—and avoid those other high-calorie treats. By deciding on the splurge upfront, you’ll be able to savor every bite.

Be the life of the party. And we’re not talking about having an extra glass of eggnog. Instead, focus on socializing and talking up a storm with everyone you can. After all, it’s hard to eat nonstop when you’re busy talking. And, if you hear your favorite carol playing, a little dancing can burn extra calories.

Take a load off. While it’s great to be up and moving around during the party, you’ll want to be sure to wear comfortable, supportive shoes. Take advantage of sitting when you can and try this simple foot stretch: Raise, point and curl your toes throughout the night.

Give yourself a timeout. There’s no denying that catching up with family and friends can be delightful, but it can also be exhausting. To avoid festivity fatigue, give yourself a break. This may mean stepping outdoors for some fresh air, going on a short walk or offering to help the host with something so you’ll be occupied.

Avoid holiday road hazards. While snow may not be in the forecast, safety should still be a top priority while you’re driving. Between dense traffic, distracted drivers and chilly weather, you’ll want to be sure you’re prepared. Make sure that seatbelts are fastened; your vehicle is cleared off (if there is frost or winter weather) and that you stay alert.

Get some sleep for goodness sake. Staying well-rested isn’t just important for heart health, concentration, mood and digestion, it will also help you look and feel your best for all of the festivities.

Have peace of mind. To keep you focused on the things that really matter this holiday season ChoiceOne Urgent Care is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (holiday hours may vary). Whether it’s an allergic reaction, a broken bone or a flu bug, the experts at ChoiceOne keep the health of you and your family as their top priority.