Although we designate this time of year for celebration, the holidays can also take their toll on physical and emotional health. Here are some tips to help you have a healthy and happy holiday season.
- Stay Active. Holiday parties, relaxed work schedules and cold weather all lead to excuses for skipping workouts. Schedule your workouts and even take advantage of the season. Sledding, ice skating and just running around snow are great ways to stay fit!
- Prevent Illness. Tis’ the season for colds and flu. Remember to wash your hands regularly (especially before eating), stay hydrated and ensure your diet includes immune system boosting foods like cruciferous vegetables.
- Safety First! Winter weather means icy surfaces. Slow down and ensure proper footwear to reduce the chance of a fall.
- Mindful Travelling. Prepare for long lines and inclement weather. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going to reduce the stress of arriving late.
- Reduce Stress. Practice daily mediation and stretching, and add a weekly yoga class.
- Practice Kindness. The holidays can be especially challenging for friends and family who suffer from depression and seasonal effective disorder. Take an active and positive role in the lives of people who may need your help.
- Take Care of Yourself. The holidays are all about giving, but be careful not to over extend yourself. Treat yourself to simple things – a mid day nap or the pumpkin spiced latte you’ve been craving.
Have a happy and healthy holiday season from your friends at Curtis Health!