Holiday Habits to keep you Healthy and Happy

By Laura Warf

The holidays are here!
The Christmas carols are playing in every store joyfully singing about love, gratitude, and togetherness. And yet, Christmas is not always a happy time for everyone. Here are 5 holiday health tips to get you through it.

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Some people do not have the privilege of sitting around a table loaded with an abundance of food, others don’t have a close family network and sometimes experience something called stress! Or for others, there exists a huge social network and time is short to fit in all the events and parties – which can also lead to symptoms of physical or emotional imbalance.
Any of this ring true for you?

You’ve got holiday events and meals to plan, attend, and clean up. Presents to buy and budgets to keep.
Family members coming together who are not used to each others’ style.
And you have this pressure to make the holidays what everybody wants them to be.
These can cause stress, right?
So wouldn’t it be nice to go into the holidays with some healthy habits that will will keep you happy?

I have heard stories lately from clients and friends that made me giggle because we can all relate to the holiday To-Do list:

Your sister in law is driving you nuts?
Feel like launching a spoon of mashed potatoes across the room?
Late night events then early morning meetings make you a little sleep deprived and low on energy and patience?
Less time for your own meal prep and you find yourself eating shortbread cookies for breakfast?

Take a time out!

Let’s shift for a moment into the holiday “To-Be” list.
Even kids get cranky when they eat too much sugar or don’t get enough sleep. When adults don’t get basic needs met, imbalance sets in and shows up in our mood.

Would you like to keep steady and well?
I could easily tell you not to eat too many sweets, limit the alcohol and rhum and eggnog and of course get more rest! But many of you will think that is a boring routine for the holidays!

What can you do instead?
5 Tips for Holiday wellness

My granny would always say “everything in moderation dear”...

  1. Instead of sitting around the table too long at each meal, get outside for some fresh air; playing and exercising outdoors are natural stress busters.
  2. Drink more water to stay hydrated. A glass of wine? Follow it with a glass of water.
  3. Put more veggies on your plate and high fiber foods, you will feel more satisfied and less inclined to load up the desert plate. Start your day with protein (eggs, nuts, seeds, avocado, fish, yogourt) instead of the leftover cookies.
  4. Get centered. Take 5 minutes to center yourself when you awake in the morning (or anytime during the day when needed!) Tune in to your inner landscape – lock yourself in the bathroom if you have to! Take 3 minutes, close your eyes and regulate your breathe. Breathe in deeply to your belly and breathe out. Breathe in Calm, breathe out Peace...
  5. Get your zzz’s, Sleep is a sacred part of any wellness plan, it helps regulate your nervous system, assist in the body’s natural ability to heal and re-balance and recharge your vital energy. If you are not sleeping in your own bed and sharing space with family or friends try using foam ear plugs to cut out ambient noise and use an eye pillow. Light pressure on the eyeballs stimulates the vagus nerve which regulates heart rate, digestion, and our mood. It’s the main communicator to our rest-and-digest system, which helps us to relax more deeply.

Wishing you healthy happy holidays filled with an abundance of joy and laughter; smiles and laughter are the perfect antidote to any tense situation.
Be well.

Laura Warf is the founder of the School of Happiness holistic wellness center whose methods are based on tools from ancient teachings to today’s current research to inspire others to take charge of their complete well-being by following her 8 essential elements to health and happiness. She is a healthy living advocate, passionate wellness educator and mind-body specialist offering retreats and services in corporate wellness, yoga, meditation, energetic balancing, and fitness conditioning. Visit www.LauraWarf.com www.SchoolofHappiness.ca



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