Although the holidays are a beautiful time of year, most people experience increased levels of stress. Use these holiday wellness tips to maintain a healthy routine during this chaotic time.
7 Holiday Wellness Tips to Keep Healthy this Year
1. Keep the Holiday Spirit
With all of the hectic shopping and party planning it can be easy to lose sight of the reason for it all: to spend quality time with family and friends. While you’re stuck waiting in a long line for last-minute gifts or rushing to make your second holiday party of the day, keep this in mind. (Online shopping always works too! Why not buy an Elements of Rockville Centre gift card this year?)
2. Avoid Overindulging
As it gets colder, most people become less active. In other words, there are more situations in which we’re tempted to eat unhealthy foods and have a few too many glasses of wine.
Remember to allot time for exercise as you plan your holidays. Also, be firm with yourself that just because it’s the holidays, it doesn’t mean it’s okay to overindulge. Limit consumption, but you don’t have to eliminate it entirely!
The Elements of Rockville Centre blog on mindful eating for Thanksgiving still applies!
3. Learn to Say “No”
There’s a ton of pressure to please everyone during the holidays, but that’s simply not possible. Understand that it’s okay to say “no” to some things. Overcommitting is more stressful than it’s worth, and you’ll probably find yourself getting burnt out rather quickly.
4. Stay Clean
It’s cold and flu season. Between trips to the mall and sick coworkers, it’s nearly impossible to avoid coming into contact with some sort of virus.
However, it is possible to take some steps to prevent colds and the flu:
- Wash your hands often
- Carry and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your face
- Clean and disinfect surfaces like tables and desks
- Get plenty of vitamin C and vitamin D
5. Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder
After December 21, we finally start getting more daylight each and every day. However, that doesn’t mean seasonal affective disorder magically disappears.
Elements of Rockville Centre has a blog on combating seasonal affective disorder, including diet and exercise tips.
6. Don’t Sacrifice Sleep
No matter how busy you get, don’t sacrifice too much sleep. Sleep deprivation can make you more easily stressed and can weaken your immune system, leaving you susceptible to colds and the flu.
Do your best to maintain a well-regulated sleep schedule throughout the holidays, or you’ll have trouble getting back on track afterwards.
7. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness exercises like breathing techniques and guided meditations aren’t time-consuming, and can have incredible benefits on your psychological well-being. Try to allocate a bit of time each day to practice a mindfulness exercise to keep your stress levels low.
Are there any specific holiday wellness tips you use to keep your head clear during the holidays?
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