Tips for a Healthy, Happy Holiday Season

 

Our goal is to help you make this a healthy, happy holiday season. We put together some tips for helping you stay focused, healthy and happy this holiday season. We know there is a lot to do. And it’s very easy to forget about YOU and focus on everything that needs to get done and taking care of everyone else.  But if you aren’t healthy then no one wins. So here are some tips to help make this holiday season an enjoyable one!

Make a promise to yourself to have a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season!

This is so important. By setting this holiday intention you are committing to yourself that you will take care of YOU….and that’s what’s really important. Once you are taken care of everything else just seems to fall into place.

Tips for a Healthy, Happy Holiday Season:

Start each day with an energizing yoga flow or workout

Really we promise it will only take 5 mins. Do it in the morning before you get in the shower and you will feel so much better!

Energizing Yoga Sequence:

Start in child pose and take a couple deep breaths then begin.

  1. Upward dog
  2. Downward dog
  3. Jump to front of mat
  4. Forward fold
  5. Mountain pose
  6. Side bend right
  7. Side bend left
  8. Standing back-bend
  9. Forward fold
  10. Back to top of push up
  11. Chatarunga
  12. Upward dog
  13. Downward dog
  14. Right leg up
  15. Crescent pose
  16. Warrior 2
  17. Reverse Warrior
  18. Windmill arms
  19. Runners lunge with a twist
  20. Right leg back for Chatarunga
  21. Repeat at one

Tips for a Healthy, Happy Holiday Season:

Here are some great tips for staying happy through the holiday season. Instead of being a “the most wonderful time of year” it can be, at times, very stressful. Keep these tips in mind when you feel yourself starting to stress out.

  • Set some holiday intentions: Make commitments to yourself like – I won’t give up exercise – this will make it easier to get through the stress of the holidays
  • Smile – It’s easy, just smile and your mood will improve on the spot!
  • Make Lists:
    • Hosting? Plan out your menu, table settings, décor, etc. – all the things you will need for the big day
    • Having guests? Make a list of what you need to do to prepare for them.
    • Attending a function? Make a list of what you need to bring or wear ahead of time
    • Holiday shopping: Make a list of everyone you need to get gifts for and set your budget ahead of time to avoid over spendingSantas Woman
  • Make time for you:
    • If tensions are getting thick while guests are staying with you. Take 5 – go for a walk, or just go to your room and take some time to yourself…reset!
  • Find time to workout:
    • It will feel so good
    • It will help de-stress you
    • It will Boost your immune system
    • And it helps you sleep better
  • Ask for help – really it’s ok
  • Most importantly, enjoy those small moments – take a moment and just soak it all in…the kids, the family, the craziness and wonderfulness of this time of year. Feel the LOVE and the magic that this holiday season brings.

Healthy Holiday Tips:

  • Your holiday plate should consist of the following:
    • ½ with salad and veggies
    • ¼ protein
    • ¼ potatoes, grains, etc.
  • Party Time:
    • Stay away from the room that has the food in it. It’s amazing how easy it is to pick up a piece of food while having a conversation and before you know it you’ve eaten 3!
    • Offer to bring a dish. This way at least know there will be something healthy.
    • Don’t be afraid to bring your own food.
  • Don’t feel guilty – If you do eat something that is not so good for you. Don’t feel bad. It’s ok. Move on and reset yourself.
  • Stop emotional eating. People tend to eat when they are stressed. Try to avoid this by taking a walk or have a glass of water instead.
  • Try some new healthy recipes –you can find healthy recipes at www.livelifeinyogapants.com or Pinterest is a great source for healthy ideas.

I think you get the main point of this. We want you to enjoy the holidays this year and feel good! Take it one day at a time and enjoy all those wonderful moments with family and friends. That’s really what this holiday is all about. Yes, Aunt Laurie’s cookie platter is part of the tradition but that doesn’t mean you eat the whole thing. Just pick your favorite one and enjoy it!

Happy Holidays!

 

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Megan Bireta is a wife, and mother of two active boys. Working out is “me” time for Megan. It’s also her passion and hobby. She hopes to help others get motivated and live healthier, happier lives!

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