The holidays are a time for family, fun, and food. But with the incoming party invitations, family visits, marathon meals, and drink-fueled events, it can put stress on your body and wallet.
During the holidays, time seems to go a lot quicker with less opportunity to take care of yourself. Running between work events, family gatherings, and personal plans means that you can lose track not only of your time, but your sanity and health, too.
From getting those limited-time only holiday drinks to eating out, your health may not be a primary focus this season and neither is your wallet. There are many ways you can help yourself stay healthy, physically, mentally, and financially through the holidays; and for when you’re not, save on those doctor visits:
1. Don’t get caught off guard, plan things out.
Know your limits ahead of time and set yourself up to succeed. Notebook planners are a great way to stay organized, but there are a variety of online and app-based organizers to help you keep track of your time, health and budget.
To keep track of your time, Sunday nights are ideal to set up your weekly schedule and using apps like personal financial management app Mint and calorie counting and fitness tracking app MyFitnessPal will help you stay in line with real-time updates. So the next time you’re invited to a last minute happy hour, a quick glance at your calendar, budget, and calorie tracker will help you make an informed decision without feeling guilty about it later.
2. Me-time matters
Stress can creep up when you least expect it. It can stem from a variety of factors, but one way to help ease your mind is to take a moment for yourself. Allow yourself some “me-time” when you can go outside for a walk, dive into your favorite reading material, or listen to a few of your favorite songs.
According to Mayo Clinic, giving yourself a moment to mentally relax provides a critical moment for your brain to catch up. No matter how crazy things can get during the holidays, don’t forget to reward yourself with these quiet moments.
3. Stick to your routines
Holiday events have a tendency to disrupt our routines. Dinner get togethers, recurring holiday happy hours, office parties, and ugly sweater parties are constantly interfering with our good intentions to eat healthy and workout. Work your holiday events around your existing routine. When your body and mind aren’t used to a change in routine, the buildup of stress can lead to anxiety disorders. That’s why it’s important to honor your routine whenever possible.
If you feel your anxiety getting really bad or spinning out of your control, consider visiting a mental health specialist during this time of year. If mental health is not affordable with your current coverage, SingleCare offers its members access to reduced-price, mental health visits across a wide range of specialties, including psychology, psychiatry and counseling.
4. “Get Well Soon”
Family hugs, company handshakes, and tightly-packed shopping malls expose you to more germs than usual. Be mindful of others if you begin to feel sick. Wash your hands, keep tissues handy, and visit your doctor if it worsens. If you don’t have insurance coverage, having to spend money on a doctor’s visit is the last thing you’ll want to do with the holidays already putting a strain on your wallet.
SingleCare’s commitment to providing its members with the best possible care means that members benefit from rates discounted up to 50%. Patients can schedule their appointments as needed and only pay for the services received. Joining SingleCare will give you access to a large network of top doctors and specialists in your area — without the hassle of limited coverage or a monthly hit to your wallet.