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This may seem obvious, but a good night’s sleep is your best strategy. Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, says, “If you’re used to sleeping seven hours per night, plan your celebrations with this goal in mind. Get your body and mind ready for bed by dimming the lights and stashing your various gadgets in another room.” When late nights do happen (and they will), try a full-coverage concealer like Vasanti’s Liquid Cover Up, which disguises circles and gives you a faux-bright visage.
There’s no reason the holiday season should bring you to the precipice of bankruptcy. “Start by coming up with a holiday budget. Arm yourself with an actual list of people you want to buy gifts for and the exact amount you can spend on each,” says Alexa von Tobel, founder and CEO of LearnVest.com. The author of Financially Fearless keeps her holiday list on her iPhone and advises opening a holiday savings account to keep your budget intact. And remember: Less can be more. Need proof? Check out these savvy gifts from the Birchbox Shop for $25 and under?
We can’t say it enough: Drink water. It’s the easiest way to help prevent overeating during the most gluttonous season of the year. And the easiest way to stay hydrated? Carry a sleek water bottle (product:2112). Holistic health coach Tammy Walker also suggests eating a protein-filled snack—try a handful of nuts, a plate of hummus and crudité, or a David Kirsch Wellness KIRSCHBAR—to slow the effects of alcohol and reduce the urge to dive head-first into the bread basket.
We’re not saying that you shouldn’t feel excited about the holidays—we get that little-kid feeling too—but the best way to avoid disappointment down the line is to set realistic expectations at the outset. Translation: Accept the fact that you’ll likely squabble with your sister, Santa may have missed the memo about the sparkly bauble; and not every dish will turn out perfectly. Take deep breaths and remind yourself to be grateful for the important things: Good health and family and friends.
The key to staying fit during the holidays? “Think movement, not exercise,” says Walker. “Maybe the gym and your usual form of exercise isn't in the cards, but you can still get in a workout by increasing your overall movement: Take the stairs, get off the subway a stop early, or park your car in the boonies of the parking lot to walk more. If you normally order lunch to your office, go out and pick it up. Do squats and push-ups during commercials when watching TV at home, or even during a mid-afternoon break in the office.” Alex Glasscock, the founder of the Ranch at Live Oak, suggests family sports (touch football, anyone?) and walks before or after (or both!) calorie-laden meals.