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Your Healthy Family: Managing Holiday Stress

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The holidays are fast approaching and for many folks they can be a source of some major stress.

Michael Roizen, M.D. of Cleveland Clinic admits that holiday stress is real, but said we can help ourselves from getting overwhelmed by scheduling things like sleep and exercise into our busy holiday schedules and making them a priority.

Don’t skimp on sleep

Dr. Roizen said sleep is often the first thing that we will sacrifice to try and get more done, but missing out on sleep just makes us age faster.

“We all say, ‘I can do more work and I sleep less, right?’ It doesn’t work that way,” said Dr. Roizen. “You’ve got to plan sleep, just like you plan exercise or plan food or anything else that sleep is really something you should plan for. It’s too important.”

Dr. Roizen said sleep not only creates restoration and helps us think clearer, but it actually helps remove toxins from our brains.

Bring your own snacks

Another holiday habit that can make us age faster is not eating a healthy diet.

Dr. Roizen recommends for those who are going to be out and about this holiday season, to plan ahead by bringing healthy snacks to share at the holiday party.

He said that by loading up our plates with healthy foods first, we won’t allow ourselves as much room for junk food.

Dr. Roizen said that you can even make healthy eating into a little healthy competition.

“When you have a party, have people compete to bring either the healthiest food, or the healthiest red and green food,” he said.

Have a strategy

Another way to keep your diet in check at a holiday function? Keep a drink in one hand, preferably water.

“If you have something in there, it’s hard to eat because you want to shake hands, you want to meet people,” said Dr. Roizen. “If you always pick up stuff with your right hand, put the drink in your right hand so you aren’t as likely to do it.”

Dr. Roizen said the most important thing to remember is to not let ‘life get in the way’ of staying healthy.  

He said it’s easier to stay on track when things get busy as long as we plan ahead and remember that our health comes before everything else.

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