There are so many ways to define ‘health’ across a number of spectrums. There’s your physical well-being, which includes what you eat and how you move your body. Then you have your emotional wellness. We can even think about it in terms of financial stability. However you choose to think about the word, we’ve outlined a few tips for staying healthy this holiday season.
Take Time For Yourself
It’s simply a fact that you have a limited number of minutes and hours in the day. Commit to taking a few of them for yourself every day throughout the holiday season. Whether that’s to get in a walk with the dog as exercise, meditate or even sit down with your personal financial goals, there are many benefits to be had.
If you need to enter this item in on a to-do list, do it. If you want a physical reminder, set an alarm. Just don’t let the days slip by without taking time for yourself in the coming months.
Ignore Social Pressures
Sometimes it can be fun to get caught up in the celebrations, but don’t let traditions rule your life if they’re no making you happy. If you have a rocky relationship with your family, it’s okay to spend the holidays apart. For people with chronic illnesses, they may be too exhausted to hit every party. Trying to save up to pay down debt or for a big expense? It’s okay to say no to presents this year.
Social pressures don’t have to rule your life, no matter how it may seem. Come up with a few ways to express yourself so that you’re ready when people make demands on your time or your pocketbook.
Keep Up The Good Habits
It’s easy to think of this time around the new year as motivational. Instead of making your list of resolutions to start in on next month, try to keep the good habits you already have. That could be getting enough sleep at night, or eating at least two servings of veggies at every meal.
Sometimes it’s maintaining healthy steps that can be the hardest. Look at the holiday season as a great place to figure out how to keep good habits in place around an ever-changing landscape of friends, family and fun.
Get Ahead Of Stress
Forewarned is forearmed, right? Get ahead of stress by identifying areas or times in your life this holiday that are specifically going to be difficult. Once you know what those are, try to plan for ways to ease the tension. Maybe you come up with a plan to avoid spending too long at Aunt Marge’s on Christmas Eve. Perhaps you plan to be designated driver for New Year’s. Even if it’s as simple as outlining the next few weeks and planning out some healthy meals (whatever healthy means to you), these steps can be helpful.
Take Social Media Breaks
Whether you’re a news junkie or just always ‘on,’ taking a break from internet scrolling can be a serious benefit. Not only are there some pretty negative side effects of too much screen time, it’s time that could be spent in more relaxing ways. The holidays are stressful enough without the ads and outside pressure.
Remember that the holiday season is what you make it — just like your health. It’s both highly personal and important. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to having a healthy and happy time.