Skip the Holiday Stress: Office parties, decorating, cookie baking, and gift buying – the list goes on. The holidays are a time for celebration and cheer, but stress too often accompanies the holiday season. The ConnectedHealth team shares ten tips to help you skip the stress and stay festive.

xmas-mistletoe-150Mike Fox, President, Co-Founder

  • Don’t skip your workout
    It’s tempting to blow off your workout, but getting some exercise is one of the best ways to burn off tension, get time to yourself, and boost your energy and mood.
  • Short is still sweet
    30 minutes of Cardio will boost endorphins, and 10 minutes of weight training will boost metabolism.  Keep your workouts short and focus on hitting all your muscle groups a couple of times a week. All you need is about 10 minutes for a complete workout.

xmas-mistletoe-150Rita Singer, Registered Dietitian

  • Food Stress at Work
    Avoid the break room; keep candy and other sweets and treats out of your office, and especially out of reach; keep healthy snacks in your office; pack your lunch & Drink plenty of water
  • Party Smart
    Avoid fruit juices, & drink in moderation -the calories can add up quickly. Eggnog, punch and other mixed beverages can have up to 500 calories! Sip a large glass of water between each alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage to keep you hydrated.

xmas-mistletoe-150Andrew DeMarco, M.D.

  • Let the Sun Shine in
    Sunlight stimulates the production of feel-good serotonin and also helps relieve seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which impacts millions of Americans every year. Spend time outdoors or near a window on sunny days, or ask me about phototherapy (a treatment using a box that emits full-spectrum light).
  • Just Say No
    The holidays are always such a busy time. Give yourself permission to say ‘no’ to things so you have time for what really matters to you- the joy of the season and time with friends & family.

xmas-mistletoe-150Betty Rich, Co-Founder, CEO, Pharmacist

  • A Prescription for Having Fun – Safely
    We all like a cup of holiday cheer. In some cases, mixing alcohol with medications can be dangerous. Some drugs contain ingredients that can react with alcohol, making them less effective. Consult with your pharmacist and PCP to make sure you have fun and stay safe.
  • Just Breathe
    When you experience stress, a hormone in your body called Cortisol rises. Taking 5 deep breaths will literally decrease Cortisol levels in your body in a matter of seconds.

xmas-mistletoe-150Kyle Filipczyk, Athletic Republic     

  • Be a Man (or Woman) with a Plan
    Whether you are a high school, college or elite athlete, training over the holidays can always be a little difficult. The first step is making a plan, have a schedule for yourself and a time set aside every day that you can do at least one workout.
  • Keep the Gains
    The workout choices an athlete makes during the holiday break can make or break their next season. While the typical 3-week holiday break doesn’t seem like a very long time and athletes retain much of their hard earned physical capacity, the reality is that detraining of some physical qualities occurs almost immediately. So- have a plan and keep those hard-earned gains you’ve made in the Fall.