Holiday Health Myths—Busted

Christmas TimeMany people feel as if they face a choice: They can either enjoy the holidays or they can focus on their health. But they can’t do both.

Luckily, that’s a myth. You can have it both ways. The key is to show yourself some holiday kindness. Pat yourself on the back when you choose more vegetables or go for a walk. And cut yourself some slack if you eat too much at one meal or skip a workout one day. You can always get back on track for the next meal or day.

 

Here’s the truth about three other common myths.

Myth: The holiday is ruined if something doesn’t go as planned.
Reality: Everyone has their own idea of what a “perfect” holiday is—and no one has ever lived it. In real life, setbacks happen and that’s OK. A burned dish or broken ornament is only one part of the whole holiday experience. Remind yourself about all the things that are going right, such as being together with family and friends.

Myth: Being active is hopeless if you don’t have time for long workouts.
Reality: Any amount of physical activity is helpful. Walk or bike to get around when you can. If you drive or take the bus, park farther away or get off at an earlier stop to walk a little more. Play active games with your kids. Get up and move around during the ads while watching TV.

Myth: Feeling stressed and frazzled is unavoidable over the holidays.
Reality: The holiday season can get hectic. Sometimes, the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is to relax and recharge. Make time for the things you find calming, such as listening to music, reading a book, practicing yoga, or talking with a good friend.

More Than Just Holiday Blues
Everyone gets irritable every now and then—especially around the holidays. But if you’ve felt sad, angry, or hopeless for two weeks or more, ask your primary care provider (PCP) about being screened for depression. Don’t have a PCP? Click here to find the doctor who’s just right for you.