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Focus on gratitude
While gratitude is a state of mind, it’s also an action that you can choose to deliver a bounty of mental and physical benefits. Throughout the holidays and all year long, thinking about what makes you most thankful can reduce anxiety, strengthen personal relationships and improve impulse control to enable you to make better decisions. And, it might also help you sleep better at night. A recent study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research showed that feeling grateful helps soothe the nervous system, promoting greater sleep quality and duration.
Cut the calories in holiday beverages
When holiday treats abound, it can be difficult to keep your weight in check. Although a few homemade sweets at the office or an hors d’oeuvre or two at a family celebration are hard to resist, you may want to think twice about high calorie, seasonal beverages that can be sneaky sources of weight gain. Consider that a cup of eggnog can pack over 400 calories with more saturated fat than a Big Mac. Other favorites like chai lattes, hot chocolate and Irish coffee also are loaded with excess calories that you may not want on top of a heavy meal or your favorite holiday cookies. Consider lower calorie alternatives like sparkling cider, peppermint tea or wine spritzers.
Give the gift of fitness
Whether you’re buying for a fitness enthusiast or a beginner, a fitness gift is one that will keep on giving throughout the year. Gifts, like wearable fitness gadgets, group training classes or a new outfit to wear to the gym, can help a loved one kick off a healthy new year. And, don’t forget to add yourself to your gift list as incentive to stick to your resolution of being healthy in 2019.