Prioritising your wellbeing is always important, but when holidays roll around it can be tempting to allow our good habits to have a break too.
Whether your vice is time spent watching Netflix, or a few too many drinks with friends, you needn’t sacrifice your health to have a great time.
Read on for a few tips and tricks to keep your wellbeing in check during your next holiday break.
BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU’RE DRINKING
Holiday and weekends are a great excuse to get social, and Australians are no strangers to catching up over a few drinks. However, it’s crucial to know the calorific value of what you’re drinking and the effect it has on your mental and physical health because alcohol is your fitness frenemy.
Count your drinks by their energy value, and be sure to order something non-alcoholic (such as soda water with lime) at least every second drink to stay hydrated.
STAY ACTIVE – THE FUN WAY
An easy way to make sure you’re staying active is to play a game, whether you’re staying at home or heading away on holidays. The legendary game of backyard cricket is a great example. It’s a lot of fun; you’ll increase your step count and give yourself a dose of Vitamin D all at the same time (don’t forget your sunscreen!).
SCREEN TIME LIMITS
Time with family and friends should be spent with them, not with your phone. We’ve all heard about the detrimental effects of too much social media, from anxiety and depression through to disrupted sleep patterns. Use your break as an excuse to take a holiday from your screen and plug-in to better health instead.
If you have an iPhone, you can set a screen-time limit from within your device. Tap on ‘Settings’ and scroll down to ‘Screen Time’. Here, you’ll be able to monitor how much time you’ve spent looking at your phone. Nominate a set amount of screen time and the apps you’re going to use – or the ones you want to avoid – at the same time.
DON’T FORGET TO SCHEDULE TIME AT THE GYM
If you’re staying home on your break it’s the perfect time to lock-in some extra time at the gym. Be accountable to your body and responsible for your health and wellbeing too by booking in some time for yourself.
Time off can be the perfect opportunity to enjoy and make better health choices, returning to work refreshed an invigorated.