12 Christmas Wellness Tips
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The Christmas season is rapidly approaching. Along with it comes the problematic annual battle against sedentarism, isolation and greed. Instead of putting up the white flag, hold yourself accountable. Stay in control this holiday season with Bliss Women's Christmas tips for health and wellness!
Avoid Social Eating
No one is safe when there are toxic foods and people pressuring you to eat out of your regular diet. When we eat in the company of others, we eat 44% more food than when dining alone. If you are tempted easily, avoid eating with others to prevent the number of toxic foods you consume. I know it sounds simple, but it isn't easy. It's okay to treat yourself to a couple of Christmas cookies, but let that be it. Don't be afraid to say no when being badgered by someone to take more than you need. It's okay to politely decline and explain that you've had enough.
Be Aware of Portion Sizes
Every Christmas, we use the holiday excuse to pile on as much mashed potatoes and rib roast that our heart desires. The average person consumes up to 7,000 calories or more on Christmas Day. That is more than three times the recommended daily amount. The excess of carbohydrates, sugars and saturated fats within those calories is equally disturbing. You don't need to count calories but be aware of how much you are putting on your plate. If you are in control of your calorie intake, you can also prevent feeling overstuffed and enjoy the rest of your evening in comfort.
Skip the Eggnog
One 8-ounce cup of creamy eggnog can have up to 440 calories. If you spike it with rum, it's even more. There is up to 60 grams of sugar and 22 grams of fat. Those numbers are not conducive to weight loss or heart health. If that doesn't change your mind about eggnog completely, consider drinking only 4 ounces, which is the actual recommended serving size.
Bake Your Desserts
If you bake your own cookies and cakes, you can control what goes into the recipes. Choose natural sugars, oil alternatives and non-fat or non-dairy milk. It is possible to make guilt-free morsels that taste better than store-bought junk full of saturated fat. It's also a fun activity that the whole family can be involved in. You can use it as an opportunity to teach your children about the importance of making healthy decisions in all areas of life - even desserts.
Make a Weekly Meal Plan and Stick to It
If you want to get a firm handle on your health during the holidays, make a plan each week about what you are going to eat. Make sure to include vegetables and fruits - not just fruitcakes and pumpkin pie. You can plan out each meal exactly or allow a certain number of calories for each meal period. If you stick to this plan throughout the holidays, you will likely maintain your current weight. Everyone has hard days, but the critical component is to keep your mind on wellness and don't let slip-ups discourage you from trying.
Schedule Daily Movement
We should all get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity per day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. During the holiday season, it is easy to get trapped in a Netflix binge cycle, sprawled out on the couch. It's okay to do once in a while. Impose guidelines to prevent couch time from becoming a hard habit. Scheduling out your activities prepares your mind for what's to come. You don't have to hit the gym. Take a brisk walk outside, if weather permits, or go to the store and walk around. Keep your body moving and your blood flowing.
Get Some Sun
The sun is a fertile source of warmth and vitamin D. Whenever you can try to spend time outdoors. Let the rays gently caress your face. Soaking in the sunshine vitamin will help maintain your bones, prevent the flu, support your mental health, regulate insulin levels, benefit your heart and much more. It is essential to the proper function of our bodies. During the holiday season, people tend to spend much more time hidden away from the sun and often develop vitamin D deficiencies as a result.
It is essential to support our communities all the time, but especially during the holidays when so many go without. Get involved with your church or community centre to make Christmas a swell season for all. This will aid in your mental health as generosity and giving back has a positive effect on our brain chemistry. So, not only are you helping others, but you are also helping yourself. I guarantee that becoming involved with community programs will reveal to you the true meaning of Christmas and get you into the holiday spirit.
Reach Out to Others
Isolation is more common during the holidays for some. Not everyone has a big family or many friends to keep them company. This can be a hard time. Seasonal Affective Disorder is also very real and sparks depression in sensitive individuals. It is important to reach out to these people and let them know someone is there for them. If you are struggling with loneliness, make social interaction a priority this holiday season.
Don't Get Overwhelmed
On the other hand, it can be an overwhelming period for those who value alone time. Don't get overwhelmed; politely excuse yourself and explain that you need some air. Family can be stressful, and self-care is important. Don't ever feel selfish for taking the time you need to recharge.
Mind Your Money
Keep a level head when it comes to money. The meaning of Christmas is not the gifts. Do not overspend as an effort to show your love for others or to compete for the best gift. You can't buy love and respect. They might exchange your gift the next day, and you'll still be out $300. It is okay to be generous, but only give what you can. God wants us to give in all kinds of ways; give our laughter, our smiles and a helping hand. Money is not the only way to be generous.
Get Enough Rest
Many of us have a vacation from school or a few days off from work for Christmas. Do not take this as an opportunity to mess up your sleep schedule. Instead, recharge your batteries. Be well-rested upon your return to your routine. Try for 7-8 hours of uninterrupted, calm sleep. Don't wait until the last minute to wrap the gifts Santa brought for the children. If you do, you will be up all night completing the task, and Christmas Day will not be easy for you. If you stick to proper sleeping habits, you can maximise your energy for the holidays.
It's not always easy to do what's best for your body, mind and spirit. We all want to eat all the cookies in the jar and snuggle on the couch watching The Grinch. However, it is worth it, in the long run, to get up and focus on our health. Don't undo all the hard work you have been putting in. Just remember everything in moderation. Merry Christmas!