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Making it Through the Holidays Healthy and Stress-Free
Do you want to enjoy the holidays, while avoiding…weight gain…stress…and regrets? The Holiday Survival guide can provide you with tips and ideas about how to make it through the holidays happy, healthy, and stress-free.
1. Make time to connect with loved ones. We often spend our holidays going from one house to the next and we rarely take the time to enjoy ourselves. At your holiday parties, plan time to stop and talk to people. Think about who you will see and how you can connect with them. Find creative ways to strengthen the flow of energy between you and your loved one(s). Plan activities with the family, like ice-skating, board-games, or making the holiday meals together.
2. Unleash your creative spirit. Gift-giving has become a major part of the holidays that leave people a bit empty (in the pockets and spirit) at the end. When exchanging gifts with friends and family, talk about giving gifts that are personalized and meaningful. Make certificates for a home-cooked meal, a massage, or a mixed CD.
3. Slow down. Self-care usually goes out the door as the holiday season commences. Allowing one or two extra seconds can bring more awareness to our actions and help us greet each moment with gratitude. Cultivate a loving relationship with yourself by making time for a long bath, reading a book, taking a quiet moment, or taking a deep breath.
4. Eat. Eat. Eat! We often approach holiday eating from two extremes: 1) Eat any and everything that tastes good or 2) Don’t eat anything at all. Strike a happy and healthy balance by eating your traditional foods with healthier ingredients. Try using a natural sweetener instead of white sugar or adding more greens and grains to your holiday menu.
Holidays do not have to be about completely over-eating or depriving yourself. Your body needs love from friends and family and food for nutritional support. Let’s give our bodies good fuel, so we can embrace the holidays and approach the New Year energized and inspired!
The information in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
About the Author: Takeyah A. Young, a Certified Holistic Health Counselor, empowers individuals and organizations to find balance by taking healthy approaches toward their lives. Takeyah is the Founder and Director of Core Connection Integrative Living and has trained and studied at the Institute for Integrative Living in New York City, University of Maryland, and Lincoln University. You may reach Takeyah at her website http://www.core-connection.org or via e-mail at takeyah[AT]gmail[DOT]com