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Make The Holidays Healthy

By Shane YoungDecember 7, 2015

Make the Holidays Healthy

Even though many people love the holiday season, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with a load of stress. It not only takes it’s toll to those who love it, but gives a double whammy for those who hate all the hustle and bustle or find themselves depressed. You can make the holidays healthy by taking time for yourself and doing things that will keep you healthier not just during the holidays, but throughout the year.

Eat healthier to stay healthier.

Your body needs the right type of fuel to stay healthy. The fuel should include all the nutrients required and steer clear of high calorie options that are either empty calories or ones that contain substances, such as trans fat, which can cause your body harm. The holidays are filled with sugary treats that are hard to avoid, but often these send blood sugar levels skyrocketing and within a few hours, plummeting. That can make you miserable…and miserable to be near. Instead of snacking on sugary treats, try peanut butter, nuts or other healthy treats that give you a boost, provide extra nutrients and keep your blood sugar in check.

Exercise away the hormones created by stress.

Exercise is a stress buster. It eliminates the hormones created by stress and replaces them with ones that leave you feeling fantastic. If you have that tight knot in the pit of your stomach caused by stress, you’ll feel fantastic and relieved after a half hour workout. Exercise also stimulates circulation and lifts the brain fog that makes doing any task more difficult. You’ll have more energy and stamina when you exercise regularly and be able to get more done in a shorter time frame.

Get a relaxing massage, try rolfing or do breathwork.

If you need relaxation or have body issues that prevent a good night’s sleep, you can help yourself with any one of these methods. A massage can release energy that was trapped, help sore aching muscles, release you from emotional issues that affect your body and even eliminate the problems caused by stress. Rolfing can realign your body and relieve chronic pain. Breathwork helps you tune in to the inner you and help bring tranquility, peace and relaxation.

Eliminate toxins before the holidays and after they end. A detox program not only boosts your energy, it has many other benefits, such as clearing your skin, boosting your immune system and aiding weight loss.

Make a New Year’s resolution for a healthy you! You can get holistic lifestyle coaching that works on all aspects of your life.

Go with the flow. Rather than getting “bent out of shape” when minor things occur, think of them as an opportunity for something else. A delay in traffic can be a time to meditate or give you a chance to have a pleasant talk with a family member.

Get more exercise informally. Don’t drive around parking lots looking for “good” parking. Park further out and make it another way to get healthy exercise. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you’re going up too many flights, take the stairs part of the way up until you can master the entire way.

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