Another holiday season is upon us and with it all the excitement that accompanies it, as well as all it’s chaos. The holiday season commemorates a tradition of cultural or religious importance. At the same time, it can serve as a period to enjoy the company of your loved ones, have better interactions, and center yourself – even if you don’t celebrate christmas, hanukkah, or kwanzaa.
Many times, we get caught up with the rush and chaos of the holiday season and lose sight of it’s true meaning. Most times, this period becomes a time of pandemonium, lethargy, material excess, bingeing, and/or conflict.
Maybe this year, we can approach it in a different manner.
How to have Healthier Holidays
- Remember that what you eat has a direct impact on your body and your mind. Even if you are eating a little extra, do not neglect your daily dose of organic vegetables and fruits, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Drink at least 3 liters of water daily.
- Take supplements to fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet. Even if your diet is on point, our food supply is vitamin and mineral-deficient, so is your body. You should be taking, at least, a whole-food multivitamin, probiotics, vitamin C, D, Fish or krill oil, and powdered greens.
- Do you want to avoid disease or improve your health?? Avoid sedentarism!
- Exercise is a must: Incorporate cardio and strength training at least 4 times a week.
Cultivate a Healthy Mind & Spirit
It helps to have a holistic approach when dealing with the holidays. It is not only about keeping your body healthy. You must keep you mind and spirit on the right track.
- Be good to yourself. Do things that you enjoy and allow you to relax.
- Remain thankful for all you have.
- Maintain a giving attitude. It’s not all about material stuff. Give guidance and your time when possible.
- Remain optimistic. If you are going through rough times, keep your focus on the positives available and desired results.
- Let go of the need to control. Accept that you cannot control other people or even outcomes, sometimes. You only have control over your thoughts, attitudes, actions, and reactions.
Foster Healthier Interactions
- Show your appreciation for your loved ones.
- Treat others like you want to be treated.
- Set healthy boundaries and respect others’ boundaries.
- Stop negative commentary… We are all different and we do not have to like or approve of others’ behaviors or lifestyles. If you do not have anything positive or constructive to say, Don’t say anything.
- Let go of expectations and the need to be appreciated. Even if you treat people in a great way, know that they are not necessarily are going to reciprocate. So, do not expected.
- With the aim of keeping a joyful state, stay away from negative toxic people if possible. This helps you to avoid unnecessary drama.
- Prepare for conflict and do not engage. Know that even if you are in a positive jolly mood, some people are going to create conflict and even lash out at you. Do not let them suck you into their chaos and drain your energy.
- When dealing with unavoidable conflictive people, it helps to look at them as damaged children since, many times, their unhealthy upbringing helped create their negative patterns. Remind yourself to be patient and try to just observe -don’t engage. This doesn’t mean that you tolerate or approve their behavior.
- Know your limits and feel free to walk away if you need to. Go outside, get some air, and take some time to center yourself.
- Take responsibility for all you do and everything that happens in your life… In one way or another, it is all your creation.
Don’t just Survive the Holidays…. Truly Enjoy them!!!
I Wish you a Magnificent Holiday Season!!!
To a Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor