When was the last time you remember sailing through the holidays with a healthy mind, body and spirit? Many of my clients tell me never. Most of us associate the holidays with joy, but also our fair share of unhealthy eating, stress, exhaustion — and sometimes illness. This year, be intentional about how you spend your time, and achieve harmony and wellness right on through into the New Year. Feed your body, mind and spirit for a fulfilled, peaceful season.
For Your Mind
To achieve wellness of mind, try these tips:
- Plan well – To make sure you accomplish everything on your list and don’t overschedule yourself, plan everything you can. Make a holiday gift list. Put events on the calendar. Schedule time for everything you want to accomplish. Making a plan will keep you on track throughout the season.
- Don’t overcommit – You simply can’t do it all. If you’re invited to seven parties in two weeks, don’t feel obligated to attend them all. Prioritize your attendance and send thankful regrets to others. When you overschedule yourself, you don’t leave enough time and energy for the most meaningful activities during the season. You also set yourself up to get run down and miss out on your plans.
- Schedule downtime – Be intentional about taking time for yourself. Schedule nights at home with the family, and actually block them off on your calendar to ensure you follow through. You need this throughout the year, but even more so during this busy season.
For Your Body
To achieve physical wellness, try these tips:
- Avoid overeating – Before heading out to holiday social events, fill up on healthy foods. Prep raw veggies and fruits so they are easy to grab out of the fridge. Holiday gatherings almost always feature rich foods, and you can minimize your overeating by eating healthy items first.
- Drink plenty of water – When you’re on the go, it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you to sip on throughout each day. You can even use the power of apps to keep to meet your daily quota!
- Get plenty of sleep – There’s no quicker way to feel run down than skimping on your sleep. Aim for seven to eight hours a night, and, if you miss your goal, sneak in naps where you can. Plenty of rest keep you from getting run down and becoming more susceptible to illness.
For Your Spirit
It’s not just your body and mind that need attention. Remember to fuel your spirit, too:
- Attend services – Attending services specific to your religious beliefs can make you feel more grounded and connected. Christmas Eve candlelight ceremonies are among my clients’ favorites. Take time to worship as you see fit. And if organized services aren’t for you, create a ritual or service for yourself and your loved ones.
- Serve others – Giving of yourself can make the holiday season all the more bright. Volunteer to lay wreaths on veterans’ graves. Serve a meal at a homeless shelter. Create care packages to deliver to a women’s shelter. Find some way to give this season, and you’ll find it feeds your spirit as much as the recipients’.
- Meditate – When the hustle and bustle of the season become too much, try silence. Simply sitting in silence or developing or continuing a meditation practice can bring great peace. Take time for yourself.
I hope these tips will help you truly enjoy the meaning of the holiday season and sail through with joy, wellness and happiness. Here’s to a happy and healthy end to 2016.
For health and wellness coaching to ring in the New Year, contact me! Together we can make 2017 your best year yet.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach and Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.