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Health Goals Around the Holidays

Posted on October 4, 2016 by Kathryn Kitchen

Guys, it’s here! It’s really here! The holiday season has finally arrived! For me, this means it’s time for way too many holiday decorations, a house filled with the smell of pumpkin bread, finding the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones and traveling to see lots of family and friends. It does not get better than this!

Clearly I love the holidays, but this is a time that can also wreak havoc on my health if I’m not careful. I tend to over do it around this time of year, and I often move myself and my well-being to the bottom of my priority list. I’ve learned a few hard lessons, and want to share three tips with you on setting and maintaining your health goals around the holidays:

1. Be Realistic

Let’s face it, the holidays are busy! On top of my work commitments, I’ve added in the additional activity of shopping for gifts, hosting and attending holiday parties and traveling to see relatives and friends. If I want to focus on any part of my well-being during this time, I have to be realistic and honest with myself. Now is not the time for me to train for a marathon – I won’t have time and I’ll set myself up to fail. Setting a realistic well-being goal is the first step to making that goal become a reality.

2. Be Intentional

Once I decide upon a well-being goal during the holidays, I have to be intentional with my time. This year, I’ve decided that my goal is to get in bed no later than 10:00pm. I am up by 5:00am every day, and I need at least 7 hours of sleep to function as a normal human – especially during the holidays. Therefore, I am intentional and set reminders toward the end of the day that keep me on schedule to keep my 10:00pm bedtime goal.

3. Be Flexible

Don’t forget that life is messy and things don’t always go according to plan. You may set a goal and your goal has to change due to whatever life throws your way. If you know and expect your plans could be thrown off every now and again, it won’t be the end of the world when you have to adapt to the current situation. I may not hit my 10:00pm bedtime goal every night, but if and when I don’t I will reassess the situation and set myself up to succeed the following evening.

There you have it, my three tips on setting and maintaining your health goals around the holidays. Do you have any tips? If so, share them with the Thrive team on Facebook and Twitter! We would love to hear from you.

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Kathryn Kitchen is the health and well-being manager for OMES and leader of Thrive. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer whose passion is creating an optimal environment for organizational health and employee well-being. Kathryn enjoys spending quality time with her family, cooking, hosting social gatherings and being an active member in her church. Her favorite motto is, "If you don't like the way something is, do something to change it."