Many people view the holiday season as a guilt-free opportunity to put health on the back burner and give in to indulgences. When we’re in the company of family, friends, abundant food, and decadent drinks, ignorance becomes blissful. It is easy to forget about our commitments to our wellness regimens, and instead, choose to focus on our fitness goals at the end of the month, when it comes time to set our New Year’s resolutions. The key to maintaining a healthy mind, body, and soul during the holidays is simple: it’s all about balance.
Below are 3 easy tips for surviving the holidays like a pro, and truly enjoying this time of year while not completely forgoing your health and wellness goals along the way.
1) Everything is okay in moderation. Many people believe that restricting themselves is the only way to maintain a fit physique. However, this is a common misconception. Don’t be afraid to eat what you want when you’re in the moment. Just don’t be excessive about it. Be mindful, and know when your body has had enough, rather than testing your limits and indulging until you are uncomfortably full.
2) Don’t stop working out. With the weather cooling down and holiday cheer in the air, it’s tempting to sit inside by the fire, lay low, and not move our bodies at all. Yet, it’s still very possible - and imperative - to exercise, and you can even do so in the comfort of your own home.
3) Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events or communities. Many may have websites, online support groups, social media sites or virtual events. They can offer support and companionship.
If you're feeling stress during the holidays, it also may help to talk to a friend or family member about your concerns. Try reaching out with a text, a call or a video chat.
Volunteering your time or doing something to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships. For example, consider dropping off a meal and dessert at a friend's home during the holidays. (source: Mayoclinic.org)
A NAMI study showed that 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse.