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5 Tips for Holiday Wellness

“Compassion Alert: As we enter the Season of Goodwill – Feel the warm glow in your heart by lighting up a smile on someone’s face” ~ Kamil Ali, Author of Profound Vers-A-Tales

An act of kindness can lead a long way. Offer some assistance, hold open a door, help someone trying to get a stroller down the steps. Every small interaction with someone is a golden opportunity to have a positive impact on both your lives. Life is truly made up of the smallest, most authentic and simple moments.

Here are 5 simple tips to remind you of the value of goodwill.

  1. Consider forgiving those who have hurt you over the past year.
  2. Immerse yourself in the energy of goodwill by volunteering at a soup kitchen or a shelter.
  3. Acknowledge and celebrate your connection to the world at large.
  4. Let the power of love and goodwill energize and renew you.
  5. Renew your sense of gratitude for friends and family.
  6. Commit to at least one device-free day during the holidays.

There’s something about this time of year that makes us feel both excited and overwhelmed. It’s a time for family gatherings, winter festivals and holiday parties. We can spend weeks planning, but when the holiday season arrives, many of us still feel completely unprepared. When you consider that the winter holidays go hand in hand with cold and flu season, it’s no wonder that general anxiety levels are higher for many of us at this time of year.

Here are some winter tips for staying well this holiday season to help enjoy the most wonderful time of the year as a mentally, physically, and spiritually well individual.

  1. Plan ahead of time, and be flexible. Try deciding ahead of time how much to spend on gifts, what to pack for travel, and what to cook for a large meal. Getting as much prepared before the holidays begin allows you to de-clutter your brain and minimize anxiety.
  2. Get fresh air! A walk outdoors gets your blood flowing and can help clear your thoughts. If it is too cold outdoors, visit the wellness center. There are a variety of machines and classes to help you get moving throughout the winter months. Adults should be moving at least 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week and children should be active for at least 60 minutes each day.
  3. Prioritize Sleep. A full night’s rest (or a quick nap) can help reduce stress and keeps your immune system in shape.
  4. Be mindful while eating. A healthy diet is a great way to stay healthy and combat holiday stress. Enjoy your holiday feast, and certainly enjoy a few holiday treats. However, keep in mind what you are eating and how much. Follow the suggestions from MyPlate.gov, and fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.
  5. Practice deep breathing. Breathing exercises can be a powerful tool to help reduce stress and clear your mind. Step away into a quiet space and take a few minutes to close your eyes and concentrate on deep, cleansing breaths. Try the 4-7-8 method. Breathe in for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7, and slowly breathe out to a count of 8. Repeat this cycle three to four times to calm your mind.

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, there may be jealousy; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.” ~ Mother Teresa