Happy Thanksgiving everyone. The busy holiday season is upon us, and it seems to me that every year the hustle and bustle gets crazier and crazier. It’s important to maintain balanced lifestyle choices to keep your mind and body happy and healthy. In case your health enthusiasm is lacking, take these tips from Gil on how to stay motivated during the holiday season!
1. Don’t forget the basics. With stress levels at an all-time high, don’t forget to listen to your body! When feeling overwhelmed, often the first thing we lose sight of are our self-care practices: meditation, stretching, and yoga. When we dedicate even a few minutes everyday for ourselves with yoga and/or meditation it’s essentially a mini-vacation for the mind, body, and soul!
2. Be balanced, stay active! It’s incredibly important for us to feel good in our own skin. Regular exercise produces healthy hormones that contribute to our feelings of well-being mentally, physically, and emotionally. Focus on to incorporating balancing activities into your daily routines! Although it may be tempting to sit on the couch and watch Netflix or Sports all day, getting out and being active will make you feel so much better. Enjoy the downtime, and social opportunities, while balancing them with your favorite activities. If the weather provides an opportunity to get outside to be active, take advantage – the fresh air will have a calming affect on your body!
3. Be mindful of consumption. The holidays = tons of delicious food! It’s easy to overindulge. Be conscious of portion sizes, particularly on the snacks and sweets. Save room the more healthy meal items, and take it easy on the extras. Often when just hanging and say watching tv with friends there can be a tendency to graze when there is snack food available. Fix a small plate instead of unconsciously noshing for indeterminate amount of time. Make the same choices regarding spirits, moderate your consumption to have fun socially and not overdo it.
4. Go green. The holidays are a busy time of the year, which means we are frequently on-the-go! With all of the errands, shopping, and traveling we do, it is tempting to choose convenience over health. Instead of swinging by a fast food restaurant for a quick bite to eat, grab a green juice or some fruit to tie you over until you can have a proper meal. It’s refreshing, rejuvenating, and full of yummy nutrients! Be wary of on-the-go bars, some are healthy, but many are high in sugar – check the label to be sure your eating well.
5. Start a cleanse. Food is an essential part of the holidays, get-togethers and parties. Enjoy the bounty with moderation, and after feasting on your scrumptious holiday meal, consider doing a cleanse! Not only is it a good way to detox, but it will also rid your body of the heaviness we often feel after eating a large meal.