The holidays are a joyous occasion full of parties, gifts, food, and time with friends and family. However, while Christmas can be one of the most wonderful times of the year, the busyness and stress of seasonal activities and commitments can take a toll on both the mind and the body.
Integrate these 5 tips into your routine to make health a priority this holiday season.
Get Adequate Rest
Proper sleeping habits are vital any time of the year but can play an important role in keeping a “Bah Humbug” attitude at bay. Too many late nights spent wrapping gifts or at parties can make the holidays feel more like a chore than a joy.
Creating a schedule for accomplishing holiday tasks such as shopping, wrapping, or baking in small, regular increments can help avoid a stressful backlog. And don’t feel obligated to accept every party invitation that arrives; choose only those gatherings that will truly enrich the holiday.
Exercise is beneficial not only for burning those extra holiday calories but also for keeping the mind refreshed and sharp. Even though the holiday season brings cold weather in the Colorado mountains, bundling up and taking a walk on a sunny day can help fight feelings of stress and fatigue.
Heavy weight workouts at the gym are also a great way to stay active and trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s natural mood-lifting chemicals. The more effectively you can hold on to muscle, the less fat you will gain with holiday dietary indiscretion!
Prioritize Quiet Time
Silent Night is a Christmas classic for a reason. Listening to peaceful music playing in the background and allowing yourself the time to simply sit and be still can provide a welcome mental break from the hectic holiday. Setting time aside to catch up with a friend or family member over a hot cup of herbal tea or decaf coffee can also be a great way to spend a quiet evening.
Capitalize on the Scents of the Season
Aromatherapy with essential oils can improve mental health, and several scents typically associated with the holiday season have benefits beyond simply smelling nice. High-quality essential oils can be enjoyed in a diffuser, applied topically, or added to a detoxifying Epsom salt bath. Frankincense oil has a large number of helpful properties, including stress relief and immune system support, while Fir Needle oil can help reduce fatigue and pain levels. Peppermint, clove, cinnamon, and ginger are other oils that can benefit mind and body and evoke memories of holiday treats at the same time. Lavender and chamomile oils are known for their powerful relaxing properties at any time of the year.
November is typically thought of as the month of thankfulness, but that grateful attitude can be even more beneficial in December. With all the product advertising and holiday parties at beautiful homes or venues, it can be easy to let discontentment take root.
Spending time in reflection and appreciation for your friends, family, and joys in your life is a good way to not only maintain holiday mental health but also to grow as a person.