Tuesday, December 5, 2017

10 Ways to "Take 10" for a Healthy Holiday

Holidays can be stressful. Busy schedules, Thanksgiving get togethers, Christmas parties, gift buying, meal prepping, presents to make or wrap, and holiday baking can leave you feeling worn out and stressed. This can put a toll on our minds and bodies leaving us vulnerable to burn out, sickness, and weight gain. Here are 10 ways to take 10 minutes away from the holiday "festivities" to de-stress.

1. Taking a break as little as 10 minutes can make a big difference in your attitude and clarity. Regular breaks can help fight off colds and other infections.

2. Take a walk to clear your mind. Moving for 10 minutes may help with holiday weight gain and help maintain a healthy attitude. Taking three 10 minute walks a day benefits your heart as well.

3. Take a snack break to ward off over indulging in the holiday pies or cookies later on when your hungry. Sit down for 10 minutes and enjoy a healthy snack such as fruit and cheese, a handful of nuts, vegetables dipped in hummus, or half a sandwich.

4. Take a music break to lift your mood. Put on come feel good tunes that you can dance along to. This not only gets your metabolism going, but is a good stress reliever. If you don't feel like dancing, make your self a cup of hot tea, and just relax as you listen to your favorite tunes.

5. Naps may seem counter productive, but they are not. A power nap helps your immune and nervous system when you are feeling frazzled or lose focus. Taking a break away can help you refocus on the task at hand, or give you energy to get through the rest of the busy day.

6. Make your health a priority. By being more mindful of what you eat, and making time for exercise 3-4 times a week; it helps your body respond better to stress and helps you maintain your weight during the holidays. You feel better mentally and decrease the risk of seasonal depression.

7. If you are too busy to hydrate, you leave your body at risk for dehydration. Too much alcohol can further dehydrate your body, increasing the risks of headaches and muscle fatigue.

8. Gift buying, baking, decorating the house, traveling, and busy schedules can make us tired and snappy at each other. We spend all our energy on "giving" we forget to give our time and affection to those closest to us. We  don't have the time or energy to enjoy each other's company. The best gift you can give this year, is giving yourself to others. Take time to make memories with your friends and family.

9. As I mentioned earlier, eating healthy is important during this time of year as we eat lots of not so healthy meals and treats. Keep a healthy balance, so that you feel healthy, have more energy, and to reduce the risk of chronic infections. Keeping a balanced lifestyle during the holidays keeps us from falling off the wagon, feeling guilt and throwing in the towel, or gaining weight.  When January 1st comes,. healthier "resolutions" will be easier to maintain.

10. Take time to reflect what the true meaning of the season is. Above all, surround your self with family. As our bank accounts start to dwindle, remember, the best gifts are memories that last long after the cookies are gone, the tree is put away, or the gifts stop working.

It is my prayer and hope that you fully enjoy this time of year. Remember to give yourself the gift of nurturing your well-being. There is only 1 you. Take care of your self so that you can take care of others.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! - Michelle


  1. These are all great ideas! I love the one for taking walks and having a snack. If you are hungry you will likely binge on treats.

    1. Thank you! The walks really help me this time of year.

  2. I love this! I LOVE this idea of taking a nap! One of my favorite activities any time of the year! LOL

  3. I love the music break idea! I think music can really speak to a soul and I've made it through lots of tough and stressful times thanks to a song or an album. :)

  4. I am definitely in need of this tips! Never underestimate the power of a good break :)

    1. This time can be tough on so many levels that's for sure!

  5. I find taking a walk is great - helps with being super full and also a great excuse to get some fresh air!

  6. I always make time for ME - I exercise every morning for 2 hours and that is my total ME time! I don't like anyone disturbing me! ;)