Here’s to the Holidays: Health & Celebration
The holiday season is upon us. Celebrating with our friends and family, celebrating our spiritual beliefs, and celebrating each unique year as it passes are all important to our health and well-being. After all, your health isn’t just about what you put into your body, or staying active—it’s also tightly linked to your spiritual and psychological well-being.
Having said that, celebrations can also sometimes lead us to over-indulge, and that isn’t so uplifting. Holidays can also sometimes be a source of stress, as can any break from routine, and changes in climate and socializing can make us vulnerable to illness. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy so that you can enjoy your holiday season to the fullest.
- Indulging in Moderation
Nuez dela India is a wonderful way to balance the joyous nature of the holiday season (and its indulgences) with a positive approach to your physical health. In addition to keeping up with your candlenut routine, there are other ways to keep your diet on track during the cookie, cake, and feast-fest that the holidays so often represent.
First, don’t forget to load up on fruits and veggies. You’ll find your self control when it comes to indulging in smaller, more reasonable portions is stronger, plus you’ll be getting plenty of necessary vitamin minerals from the best possible sources.
- Less Stress
Stay present and alert to your own stress levels. Remember—the holidays are mostly about celebrating with your friends and family. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, frantic, or anxious about holiday obligations, take a break. Step back from the situation, engage in self-care, and tap into your support network.
If you’re feeling stressed because you don’t have many holiday celebrations planned, or because you’re lonely, the same applies. Plan a holiday treat for yourself that gives you the time and space you need for some gentle enjoyment.
- Travel Safely
Travel comes with its own set of stresses and dangers, and we travel more during the holiday season than any other time. Keep in mind general travel safety concerns, like not drinking and driving, but also be mindful of not pushing yourself too hard in general.
Don’t drive too long without a rest, and be sure to get a good night’s sleep before any travel. When you’re planning on travelling through crowded areas like airports, bus stations, and rest stops, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Pack healthy snacks for when you’re en route so that you’re not tempted by the convenience of fast food.
- Speaking of Hand Washing…
Keep up (or increase) your hand hygiene during the holiday season. Not only will you likely be socializing more often, in more crowded environments, but you’re probably also goin to be handling and preparing more food than usual. When things get hectic, it can be easy to forget this most basic of healthy hygiene habits!
Most of all, remember that the holidays should be both happy, and healthy—and health and happiness are two sides of the same coin.