6 Tips for a Happy (& Healthy) Holiday Season
It is hard to believe tomorrow marks the 1st day of December. Christmas music is in full swing on the radio, and the houses are being decorated with twinkling lights. Maybe you are feeling frazzled right now with your to do list, or maybe you are completely at peace. Either way, today I wanted to share some tips to help you feel your best during this holiday season...
1) Start your day off with some movement: When you get your body moving and blood flowing in the morning, you are more likely to make healthy choices throughout the rest of the day. You will also have more energy to carry you during your day. Traveling? No problem! check out Jen's blog Peanut Butter Runner for some home workouts.
2) Learn to say no: This can be challenging, but I promise if you can try this, your stress levels will be much lower. If we try and jam everything in, we will start the New Year feeling exhausted rather than excited. Take 5 minutes and make a list of how you want your Holiday to look (and feel). Who are the people you are most wanting to see? What are the events that are non negotiable? That way if something comes up, you will feel better about saying no because you have a plan. The kicker...let go of the guilt, everyone is busy, and we all understand!
3) Ask yourself, how will this benefit me? This is a question I have been asking myself lately and it has been really helpful. This can be applied to that second helping of dessert, and that event you are invited to. It can also be helpful when trying to plan events or downtown with family. This way things won't feel like a restriction, but rather a deliberate decision.
4) Survey the scene: Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, there is an overwhelming amount of food. Potlucks, family gatherings, parties...ahhh so many opportunities to eat delicious things! Before you grab a plate, take a scan of the room. Check out the different food options and Ask yourself "what do I most love about this meal." Imagine how you want to feel afterwards. Then make your plate, go sit down (standing can lead to mindless eating) and enjoy it!
5) Sip on some Anti inflammatory Tea: You might be traveling quite a bit this year or even if you are simply going to fight off the crowds while Christmas shopping, you are exposed to large amounts of pathogens. Give your immune system a little help by sipping on some anti inflammatory tea (check out the recipe from Nutrition Stripped here). This is also a great caffeine free wind down option in the evenings when you are giving your stomach some time to digest.
6) Avoid Multitasking. Allow yourself to do one thing at a time. If you are raising your eyebrows or shaking your head I get it, I am a fellow multitasking-extraordinaire! But in reality it can be doing you a disservice. Still skeptical? Check out this Forbes article . The holidays are about being present, and enjoying the company of your friends and family. If you are thinking about planning your New Years Eve outfit, what type of dish you are bringing to the Christmas Feast, or how you can make it to the store before it closes. then you are likely missing the conversation of those around you. Let's give each other the gift of being fully engaged this season.