Wellness Wednesday: Winter Edition

Happy Wellness Wednesday! Although it seems as if the Holidays are about to creep around the corner, please rest assured that the Holidays don’t always mean unhealthy living. We’re about to share some ideas that might help you combat the stress, overeating, and overindulging that the Winter time so often leads to. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!

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1. Travel Light

With the stress induced by family reunions, the ever-rising cost of gifts, and unanticipated change of travel plans, it is more important than ever to travel light. Perhaps you can ship your gifts before Christmas, so you don’t have as large of a suitcase. Pack versatile clothes. Not only will it save you money, but you’ll have more room to transport your own new goodies on the way back. Traveling light also requires forgetting your cares, past qualms, cell phones, job duties, and other obligations behind as you allow yourself to truly honor the true meaning of the holiday season.

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2. Engage in Active Family Activities

One Christmas, I spent the entire night chasing after my six year old cousin. Not only was it a great workout, but it was a welcome relief to engage in play. Other Thanksgivings, I have played football or joined my over-active grandfather in 2-mile walks. If fitness activities are out of the question, just keep moving! Leave the laziness to the beloved family pets.

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3. Don’t Forget to Mind Your P’s and Q’s

Oftentimes, this is the hardest thing to remember. There’s a fine line we walk with loved ones, but remember both to honor and nurture the relationships in your life. Write holiday cards by the fire. Spend some time with your relatives. Don’t forget the magic words—please and thank you. Healthy relationships are critical for healthy living!

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4. Practice Gratitude

Okay, so maybe the holiday plans were complicated by external parties. It is possible to still be grateful for the loved ones around you. This time of year, we are often thrust into situations with a diverse group of people, which means a diversity of opinions. Although you may not share opinions, you can celebrate your differences. C’est la vie, my friends.

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5. Rise With the Sun

Healthy living means healthy habits; this is to say, spend as much waking time as possible with sunlight exposure. This will keep your help keep your spirits cheery, and potential seasonal depression at bay. Good morning, sunshine!