We're in the midst of the holidays and Christmas is right around the corner. For some of us, this month is about winding down and relaxing. For others, it seems like a challenge to snag a moment for rest.
Whether your vacation time is in full swing or you are trying to get everything done before the calendar rolls over for the new year, here are ways to nourish your body and ground yourself in wellness this holiday season:
1. Skip the Sugar
Okay, maybe not all of it, but consider setting some strict boundaries when it comes to sugar during the holiday season. With Grandma's cookies on the table, holiday donuts in the break room, and hot sugar beverages at every event, it's essential to keep your consumption in check. Enjoy treats in moderation but stick mostly with whole foods packed with vitamins and nutrients. You'll be happy you did come January.
2. Allocate Self-Care Days
Especially during the holidays, we can pack our schedule with fun (but exhausting) events. Nights spent caroling, gingerbread making parties, ice skating with friends...by the time Christmas day hits, we need a month-long nap.
Take care of your body and your emotional health this holiday season by allocating a few days or even hours for yourself. Spend this time resting, journaling, reading a good book, or going for a hike. Do what you love and take it slow. All the holiday festivities will be that much more fun when you're feeling rested and grounded.
3. Spend Intentional Time With Loved Ones
During the holidays, we often get to spend time with out of town relatives or friends from afar. While it's wonderful to give gifts and participate in activities together, it is also wonderful to spend intentional time in conversation.
This year, take a loved one out for coffee or bring a distant relative along for your afternoon hike. Spend time in conversation and getting to know one another better. Reflect on the past year and catch up on recent happenings. This will ensure your holidays are not only filled with fun times, but also meaningful moments and relationships.
4. Stretch and Sleep
The holidays are that time of year when it is difficult -- like really difficult -- to make it to the gym. With so much going on and the year coming to a close, most of us check out and prefer to spend our vacation days at home or in the company of friends.
We think everything is good in moderation, so if you need a break from the gym for a week or two, by all means, take it.
Don't use this period as an excuse though to neglect your body. Instead, replace your regular workout routine with a few minutes spent stretching. Pick up a foam roller and give your body a much-needed massage. Sleep in (and go to bed early), and take warm baths. Nourish and take care of your body while away from the gym so you can return feeling like your best self after the holidays.