It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Starting with Thanksgiving, many of us are thrown into a Holiday frenzy. There are parties to attend, dinners to prepare, people to mingle with, delicious food to eat, gifts to buy and wrap and exchange, and more delicious food to eat! How is one supposed to stay healthy during the holidays?
With the holiday rush, it is easy to fall out of healthy habits and end up feeling less than jolly. Here are some simple ways to stay emotionally and physically healthy during the most wonderful time of the year.
- Stay present. It can be easy to get wrapped up in the wrapping and the hustle of the holidays and forget the true meaning: family, friends, gratitude, joy, and giving to others. One way to stay present and hold onto the true meaning of the holiday season is to spend a few minutes each morning meditating. As intimidating as meditation can be, it is really simple.
Sit for 5 minutes each morning by yourself with no distractions. Turn off your phone, computer, music, etc. and just sit and breathe. You can use mental exercises, like making a list in your head of all of your blessings, or listing your favorite qualities about certain family members. Doing this once a day can help you remember what is important; staying present is as simple as that!
Bonus: meditate on your favorite qualities of that one family member that you tend to disagree with, and maybe you’ll see your perception of them shift!
2. Stay active. It is so easy to stop being physically active during this time of year. It is too cold for a run or walk outside, and we are often too busy or too full to hit the gym. However, making time for physical activity can make such a difference in your holiday experience; it can help relieve stress and leave you feeling great.
If you’re pressed for time, fitting in just a simple 30 minute yoga session in your living room can set you up for a great day. There are tons of free videos on the internet that can help you with your home practice.
Bonus: practice yoga at home with your family members! This is a great way to bond and also probably giggle at one another as you flow.
3. Stay green. By this, I mean eat your greens! The holidays don’t have to be full of only heavy, unhealthy foods. There are tons and tons and tons of recipes out there for healthy holiday meals. See how many veggies you can incorporate into your holiday dishes so you leave the meals feeling nourished and happy instead of sluggish and gross.
Bonus: make healthy versions of your family’s favorite holiday desserts! The only thing better than a pecan pie is a guilt-free pecan pie.
Do you have any healthy holiday tips of your own? Let us know!