It’s that time of year again, the holiday season is nearly here. It’s a time for celebration, gratitude, family, and for most of us, a little indulgence. It’s also a season where many of us grapple with the mental tug-of-war that is maintaining healthy habits while still enjoying the holiday season. Here are five tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle this season:
1. Find a happy medium
Stay mindful of what you put in your body, but don’t hold back from treating yourself. One of the biggest challenges people face during the holidays is an all-or-nothing mentality when making dietary choices. Always do your best to eat with intention but don’t feel like you failed if you have a few treats. The key is everything in moderation. There’s no guilt in having a little extra for a special occasion. This is the season for it, so find your happy medium and don’t be afraid to enjoy yourself a little.
2. Take some time for quiet moments
With all the hustle and bustle of this season, it is vital that we take some time to breathe. There is so much excitement during this time and with that sometimes comes a little stress. Traveling, seeing extended family, planning get-togethers, and last-minute shopping are just a few things that can trigger stress and anxiety over the holiday season. Make sure you make some time for yourself, meditate and breathe. Just a few minutes a day can really help take the edge off of the stress that comes along with the season.
3. Keep moving
Make sure you continue to keep your body moving! The best way to do this is by finding something you like doing. Picking up a few spin or yoga classes is great. If you don’t feel like you have time for this, try opting for walking whenever you can. If you are planning to shop locally, walk instead of drive. Anything you can do to help keep your body in motion will not only burn off extra calories, but it will also keep your mind sharp.
4. Don’t forget to rest
It is essential that you allow your body to rest and recuperate. Your day may be packed so make sure you are fully rested. When we don’t give our body enough time to rest, we risk falling into old habits. Setting a time to go to bed early and sticking to a schedule can really help with this.
5. Express gratitude
This is the time of year when we come together and reflect on what we are thankful for in our lives. It is also the season to show some love. Don’t forget to tell your loved ones how much you appreciate them. The simplest of gestures generate positive energy, which will set up positive momentum for the rest of the year.
Keep on nourishing your mind, body, and soul and Happy Holidays to all.