We are now in the middle of the holiday season and things can get very hectic this time of year. As the holiday season gets in full forces, take a moment to make a commitment to your health by creating a holiday wellness plan! Setting a plan can help you stick to your goals and start the New Year right and avoid having to play catch-up on your resolutions. Follow these steps to create a plan.
- Choose your goal. Whether you’ve already been working on a goal or are just starting, it is important to set a concrete, realistic goal. Here are some examples:
- Maintaining your weight.
- Staying active.
- Eating healthy.
- Stressing less.
- Avoid overspending.
- Once you’ve established your overall goal for the holidays, break the goal into smaller goals. For example:
- Maintaining your weight – you will want to do some combination of staying active and eating healthy
- Staying active – you will want to choose some activities you can do during the holiday season. Luckily for us, Floridians, we don’t have to worry about working out with snow.
- Eating healthy – you will want to check out some resources on how to choose healthier items during holiday gatherings and the in-between times. Click here for some tips.
- Stressing less – you will want to create a plan to manage your time and pencil in some stress-reducing activities for yourself.
- Avoid overspending – create a budget for the holidays by breaking down a specific amount of money you can spend on gifts, holiday parties, and other expenses.
- Establish SMART goals each week. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Identify 1 to 2 things you can do that will help you achieve your short-term goal, which in turn will contribute to your overall holiday goal!
Write down your goals each week and recruit family and friends to make a plan. People are more likely to stick to their goals if they have a good support system and are surrounded by people making similar commitments to their health.
Information and picture adapted from HealthAdvocate.
HealthAdvocate is SPC’s Employee Assistance Program.