October is all about Healthy Habits

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October is already here, and just around the corner are the holidays.  When people think of the holidays they often think of stress, family, obligations, food and traffic congestion.

In order to approach this season with some reduced stress, it might be helpful to remember some simple habits you should be practicing each day. 

If you just start with one habit a day and increase it by one daily, you should be well prepared for the season of stress, often referred to as the holidays.

These simple 5 habits will help you stay on track…

  1. Have Breakfast

Studies show that adults who have a healthy breakfast do better at work, and kids who eat a morning meal score higher on tests. If you’re not into a big meal in the morning, keep it light with a granola bar or a piece of fruit.

  • Plan your meals

Meal prep keeps you in control. You know what you’re eating and when. A bonus: It’ll be that much easier to skip those doughnuts or sweets in the breakroom at work or school.  In addition, meal prep can save you a lot of money in the long run.

  • Drink plenty of Water

Stay hydrated.  Drinking plenty of water may also help you lose weight. Stay away from sugary drinks are linked to obesity and type 2 diabetes. If you aren’t a plain water fan, add flavor with slices of orange, lemon, lime, watermelon, or cucumber. Yum…

  • Take an exercise Break

Get up and move around.  Do some deep lunges or stretches. It’s great for your body and mind. Just 30 minutes of walking five times a week may help keep the blues away. If 30 minutes is too long, bursts help, too.  Just get outside and start moving your body.

  • Go Offline and Unplug

Checking your email and social media too much? It’s a common problem we all face this day and age.  Set a time to log off, put the phone down and turn all electronic devices off. When you cut back on screen time, it frees you to do other things. Take the dog for a walk, read a book, or help your friend chop veggies for a great dinner.

Hopefully, these simple 5 habits will help you stay on track to ensure that you remain healthy and calm heading into the holiday season.  It can also give you a jump start on adding healthy habits into your life which will promote overall health and happiness.

By: Amber Sanner