Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

15 Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season!

Feel your best to enjoy the season!

1) Get a good nights rest! This will make for a clear and engaging mind during the holidays and allow you to enjoy the time with family and friends.  When your mind is clear, you’ll also be able  to make healthy choices your body desires.

2) When you wake up, set an intention for the day while drinking a glass of water. Think about how you want your mind and body to feel during this season of blessings. Take 5 deep breaths after setting your intentions for the day.

3) Upon waking, after your deep breaths, journal about 5 blessings in your life.

4) Stay hydrated.  Drinking water throughout the day will keep your energy levels up for all of the holiday activity.

5) Eat healthy in the morning. This will set the tone for the rest of the day.

6) Talk a walk, stroll or jog outside…even in the cold! It is amazing what fresh air does for the mind and body. Grab your family and have them join you or take this time to be alone in nature.  Exercise is both invigorating and restorative.

7) Take stretch breaks while cooking and socializing! You might not feel it while you are cooking and chatting, but you’ll feel it later. Take time to do full body stretches.

8) Before heading out to holiday events, create a few minutes of time for yourself to either do breathing, go for a stroll, sip a cup of tea or read a magazine.

9) Just as important as creating time for yourself, with all the involvement of the holidays, create time for activities with your family. Game night, movie night, walking or driving around the neighborhood to see decorations are always fun.

10) Eat something healthy at home before heading out to parties or events so that you stay true to your healthy intentions. This sets the tone for making good choices.

11) Moderation not deprivation… remember that it is okay to indulge! Enjoy the piece of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving or a sprinkle sugar cookie at the holiday party or that wonderful holiday cocktail. Eat or drink slowly and savor the flavor and be mindful of how you want to feel the next day.

12) The holidays are full of delicious food all around us. But, more importantly it is about being with family and friends and making memories together.

13) Take a walk at night to help digest your food and clear your mind.

14) Take 5 deep breaths before bed and think about 5 new things you are grateful for.  Settle in for a solid night of sleep.

15) Kindness…each day take time to do something kind for someone. Be mindful and present. It doesn’t have to be a big thing…sometimes the smallest act of kindness leads to the biggest smiles.

 

 

Content by Leigh Braverman Schoener

Edited by Jessica Monte