The holidays are just around the corner and what should be a joyful time of celebration, togetherness, and happiness often brings challenges to our physical and emotional health.
Six tips for staying healthy and happy during this hectic season of joy
1. Eat well.
It is common to pack on a few pounds during the holiday season, but there are ways you can eat both healthy and enjoy it! Know which foods are high in caloric content and low in nutrition. Don’t deprive yourself of treats, just indulge in moderation. Eat smaller meals instead of holding out for a huge buffet. Opt for healthy options at home, and when visiting others, bring a healthy dish to share. And of course stay mindful of liquid calories, such as wine, beer & eggnog.
2. Stay active.
Try to keep up with your workout regime. Exercise is just as important during the holidays. It may be cold outside, but winter offers additional fun! Get the whole family involved in quality bonding time with activities such as ice skating or sledding.
3. Prevent illness and injuries.
Colds and the flu are most prevalent in the winter. Keep bugs at bay by washing your hands regularly and urging others to do the same. Stay warm by dressing in layers. Stock up on ice salts to salt walkways to avoid slips and falls.
4. Don’t overcommit.
The holidays are busy. Dinners, parties and other engagements quickly have us pulled in multiple directions at once. You may feel the stress of managing your work duties along with additional commitments to your friends and family as well as the financial stress of gifts. Try to anticipate sources of stress and develop a plan to manage them. This may involve committing to fewer get-togethers or setting a tighter budget. Don’t feel guilty; you have to take care of yourself before you can take of others. As RuPaul always says; "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell are supposed to love somebody else?"
5. Be mindful and pay it forward.
Sadly, depression and suicides increase during the holidays. Watch for signs of depression among your friends and family and be active in supporting those in need. Invite friends who are alone over the holidays to spend them with you. Volunteer and give to those less fortunate. The act of giving helps others and yourself.
6. Treat yo-self!
The holiday spirit is about helping others around you, but you can’t pour from an empty cup. Treat yourself to something over the holidays. It may be something as simple as a good night’s sleep. Turn off that alarm and enjoy a day of rest; you deserve it. Catch up on that reading list or get a massage. Take some time to do something that makes you feel rested and happy.
Sometimes a good book and a glass of wine are all you need. What are your favorite ways to relax and unwind?
Happy Holidays from all of us at BioElementis!