Special Greetings From Health Power
Believe it or not (ready or not), Christmas and the holiday season is upon us. Yes, it’s that wonderful time of the year when we: catch up with family, friends, colleagues and neighbors; attend many parties and gatherings; hug, kiss, greet, sing and laugh; shop, shop and then shop some more; and travel near and far for family and other get-togethers.
However, if we aren’t careful we can spoil all that we have accomplished during the year, such as:
– Weight lost or controlled,
– Anxiety overcome, and
– Balance achieved in our daily lives.
These can all be overcome in a short four-week period if we aren’t alert and mindful of our own spirit during the holidays.
During this season, with all its hustle and bustle, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself – mind, body and soul.
The following are some hints to help maintain your physical, mental, and spiritual health this Christmas (and on into the New Year)!
- Get enough sleep – Rest is very important in order for your mind and body to function properly.
- Eat healthy – don’t blow your diet and don’t overindulge. When asked to bring a dish to an event – bring a healthy option vegetables or fruit – this way you know you have a healthy option. If you have diabetes or other conditions that impact your diet, take those into account when you are planning and scheduling your events.
- Fit your exercise in! – Your mental and physical health will benefit from exercise. It will also help maintain your weight and manage any ongoing health issues such as heart disease.
- Participate – Be sure to enjoy the celebrations – – Don’t just plan them.
- Control what to expect – Don’t expect your family (or yourself) to be perfect.
- Don’t go over budget! – spend within your means. Otherwise, the toll afterwards will be both financial and stress-producing.
- Remember to schedule in some quiet, down time along with all of the fun.
- If this time of year reminds you of loved ones that have passed – plan traditions that celebrate them, rather than mourning them.
- Finds ways to “give back” this holiday season – volunteer – adopt a family – donate food to the local food pantry, or select one of the many other ways you can “give back’.
Remember: Knowledge + Action = Power! ®
A Special Message from Health Power’s President, Norma J. Goodwin, M.D., and Darci L. Graves, MPP, a key Health Power Editor