11 Ways to have a happy, healthy holidays
Posted by Medavie Blue Cross on December 15, 2022
The holidays can be a hectic
and stressful time. That's all the more reason to keep our health and wellness
goals front and centre.
In this season of giving, the best gift we can give ourselves is the gift of self-care. That's because putting our health and wellness first allows us to replenish our energy reserves and build mental resilience.
Here are some ways to take the stress out of the season and add more joy.
Bundle up for a walk around your neighbourhood to see all the twinkling lights, build a snowman or have a fun snowball fight with family and friends. A few minutes in the sunshine also raises vitamin D levels and is good for our bones, heart, and holiday mood. Plus, it will boost your mood and your immune system.
Getting a good night's sleep will not only help you dream of sugar plums, but it will also help you to rest and rejuvenate to be at your best this holiday season. A decent amount of shut eye at any time of the year puts you in a better mood and sharpens your memory and focus. In the long term, adequate rest also helps lower your risk of heart disease.
Do your part to keep the spirit of giving alive this season. Contribute to a food bank, a homeless shelter or mental wellness centre that could use your help this year. Charity does your heart good and helps increase social connections. Don't have a lot of extra cash to give? Offer your time. Volunteering in person can be just as, if not more, helpful for some organizations in need.
Focus only on what you can control. Don’t beat yourself up when you skip a workout or worry when you can’t find everything on your child’s wish list. Destressing and recharging your batteries are the best way to truly enjoy the season.
Create a relaxing playlist of favourite holiday tunes and listen while you wrap your gifts or trim your tree. It’ll raise your spirits and chase away those seasonal blues.
Warm wishes for a healthy, happy holiday season. And take good care of yourselves.