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Mindful Approach: How To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

Schedules fill up quicker, our stress levels increase, and we all indulge in the goodies. Take a mindful approach to staying healthy during the holidays

Originally Published by Dec. 8, 2015

Holiday time is here. Our schedules fill up quicker, our stress levels increase, and we love to indulge in all the goodies. It is important to take a mindful approach to staying healthy during the holidays. Here are some suggestions:

Plan ahead

When you plan, you will be less stressed and more at ease. Whether you are visiting or hosting a holiday gathering, there is preparation that needs to take place. Sit down and write out your usual schedule, the events you are attending, and what you need to do to prepare.

Eat mindfully

Remember, during this time of year, stress levels are naturally increased. When you are munching, please be mindful. If you know you have a day of errands, pack a snack with nutrients that will help you get through the day and evening. If you have several events to attend, try to eat a light meal just before you leave home; you will not be as hungry, and your food intake will be less while you’re at the event. If you choose to indulge, keep it in moderation.

Be present

Remember, this is a great time to create lasting memories. Try to be present at all times; this helps with your decision-making, food choices, enjoyment of the moment, and reducing stress levels.

Move more

Our schedules are packed, but it is important that you schedule and keep time for exercise. You are worth it. One hour out of your day can make a world of difference. This will also keep you balanced if you tend to overindulge in the delicious food options.

Practice Self-Care 

You can’t help anyone if you don’t take care of yourself. Schedule some time and do some activities you truly enjoy and find relaxing. If that trip to the spa is overdue, schedule it. We are more stressed this time of year, so relax and take care of yourself. You want to be healthy for a fabulous 2024.

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