The holidays bring up a lot of different emotions in people. I know some who love to start listening to Christmas music during Thanksgiving, and others who are offended by all the Christmas marketing interrupting their daily lives. No matter what your beliefs are during the Holiday Season, the best gift you can give the people you love is to be healthy yourself.
It might sound selfish or impossible to achieve depending on where you are right now in your life. But, it’s like the moral of the Airplane emergency response routine. You know, the one the stewards on every airplane in American have to recite every single flight?
You must first put on your own oxygen mask before helping your neighbor sitting next to you.
The same applies to your health. If you’re a parent or a friend, the best gift you can give the ones you love is a healthy self. That way you have the freedom to participate in their lives, to play, to celebrate and enjoy their company.
But, how you may ask? Good question, especially now that we’re entering the cold, dark season here in the Pacific Northwest where it’s cold and rainy outside. And, on top of it, we enter the holidays with parties, family gatherings, the need to decorate, shop, prepare and think of many details until we drop exhausted into bed.
The key is to never stop nourishing yourself. Eat well, sleep well and remember that cutting corners on your health will stop you some day.
Here are 3 key ways to help you give the best gift of a healthy you during the holidays:
1. Learn to say no. Don’t have time to work out because of another holiday event your friend invited you to? Say no, thank you, I can’t make it. Have a relative who asks you to provide one more thing for the family dinner? If that means you’ll only get a half nights sleep because you’re up all night cooking, say no.
2. Indulge safely. Do you go to the same holiday party every year? And, you know there will be Aunt Trudy’s famous chocolate cake? Remember that one thing you love to indulge in and make that your treat for the day. Don’t eat too much chocolate candies and sugar cooking before the meal, and enjoy the cake for dessert. Choose your indulgence and take care of yourself beforehand and afterwards with wise choices and herbs to help your body with digestion. Just like with drinking, too much sugar or partying can wipe you out the next day.
3. Feed Your Soul. We all have something that fills us with joy. Make time to do something you love every week. Think of it as a workout for your soul.
Wishing you a joy filled end of the year!
Warmly, Holli Margell, Editor