Need some tips for a Healthier Happier Holiday?
The holidays can be a stressful chaotic time of year for many. What are some ways to “de-stress” your holiday without having to go to a spa?
We all have “tank” needs for sleep, food, exercise/activity, being in nature, etc. and if these needs are unfilled for a long period of time they run at levels below zero which creates mood swings, sickness and overall poor sense of well-being. Keeping your “tanks” maintained is a simple way to keep your calm, and go through the holidays in an enjoyable way
Here are a few strategies to keep a surplus over the holidays:
- Get your rest – if all else fails having 7 hours of sleep can carry you a long way. If your body is rested, the stressors of life won’t seem as challenging and you can function at a higher level. If you have a lot to accomplish skimping on sleep will be the catalyst of becoming unraveled. Set a specific bedtime and stick to it, even if you not finished your “to do” list. Incorporate the leftovers into the next day’s list.
- Eat regular meals – this one seems basic but from what I see with my clients regular meals can be sparse. They are off to school with the kids, running errands through lunch, and then wondering why they are ravenous and wanting to eat everything in the house or office by 3 pm. Start your day with some sort of protein even if it is grabbing a handful of nuts or a string cheese and a banana. Have a little portable freezer bag in the car with some blue ice packets – bring sliced turkey/cheese and an apple on your errands. A little preparation can save a lot of hunger and meltdowns when the schedule becomes challenging.
- Do ONE thing a day that makes you happy – many are so focused on what they “have to do.” This focus is a downer. Focusing on what “makes you happy” can bring more life – more joy, more energy, and a better sense of well-being. This one requires taking care of you versus another person. It could be as simple as doing a few stretches on the living room floor, having a cup of tea, going for a 10 minute walk before you pick up the kids or come home after work to enjoy the fresh air.
Getting your rest, eating regular meals and doing one thing a day that makes you happy? It may be challenging at first to have this mindset but the rewards are well worth the effort and pay dividends with unexpected interest. Start your holiday season with a plan so that the end will leave you feeling like you have reserves and energy to start the New Year with health.