We have taken a journey this year exploring simple solutions for physical and emotional wellness. Let’s apply the strategies we learned this past year to the upcoming Celebration Season so that when January arrives we have no wellness regrets.
- Plan meals. If we are hosting, include healthy options. If we are attending a party, eat healthy during the day so we don’t eat more than we should later.
- Exercise. Stay with the routine even during the holidays so we burn those cookie and pie calories as we go!
- Eat breakfast later. This may be even a little later than usual, due to eating later at night. We should skip the fasting several days a week to keep metabolism at its best.
- Hydrate with water. Especially when cocktails are so abundant during celebration season! Drink water between each cocktail to stay hydrated and keep calories down.
- Write it down. Food logs may not be a holiday tradition, but staying aware of what we are eating, as far as sweets, may be helpful.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. These are low calorie and nutrient-dense which keeps our intake balanced.
- Seek help from a counselor for dealing with emotional concerns. The holidays can be stressful for many reasons, especially remembering loved ones that are no longer with us, or relationships that have ended. Speaking with a trusted friend, pastor or even a counselor can help relieve the stress and release pent up emotions. It can make all the difference and that person will know our extra needs during this season.
- Get enough sleep. That can be a little harder during Celebration Season when parties go late. Try to fit in a nap either before the party, or the day after. Even 20 minutes can be helpful. If a nap doesn’t work, go to bed early the night before or the night after.
Have a Blessed Celebration Season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!