All the Christmas cookies and festive holiday cocktails may help make this the most wonderful time of the year, but the holidays definitely aren’t the healthiest time. No one wants to be a Grinch by saying no, but adding in a few healthy holiday traditions like these can help balance things out.
- Try a fun run - Holiday fun runs have fun names like turkey trot or Hanukkah hot chocolate run. You can probably find a 5K one happening near you that supports a good cause and turn training for and participating in it an annual affair.
- Start a family fitness tradition - Establish a yearly post-present hike or even just a walk around the neighborhood after your holiday dinner. Anything that gets you and your loved ones off the couch and moving will work.
- Add a healthy recipe to your repertoire - You’ve already perfected the art of the sugar cookie, so try becoming the Salad Master or the Quinoa Queen by using your cooking prowess on a good-for-you dish.
- Give back - Mental health is important to holiday wellbeing too, so give yours a boost by helping others this season. Make volunteering an annual commitment and give time to a food pantry, a shelter, or visiting a nursing home.
- Keep a holiday gratitude journal - Just because Thanksgiving has passed doesn’t mean you should stop counting your blessings. Jot down a few things you’re thankful for every day and you’ll have a record of all the lovely things you appreciate in your life right now.
- Take a social media break - We know you want to post your cutest holiday party photos on Instagram, but lots of research shows that our social media habits are actually bad for our mental health. Comparing ourselves to everyone we see on Instagram and Facebook can make us feel inadequate and anxious, so taking a holiday break can help us focus on our own holiday fun, not everyone else’s.
- Host a healthy New Year’s brunch - Ring in the New Year right by starting with a healthy meal on January 1st. This tradition could even help you and your nearest and dearest stick to your resolutions to stay healthy all year long.
Source: Brit + Co