The holidays can be heartwarming, but they can
also raise your heart rate. Between the extra activity and having the kids at home for a few weeks, self care often takes
a backseat. If you think of all the shopping, wrapping, decorating, cooking,
cleaning, entertaining and traveling that occurs in the winter months, it’s no wonder two-thirds of us often feel stressed
and fatigued during the holiday (American Psychology Association). Maintaining the 100 Year Lifestyle year round is the best thing you can do for your body, and
can help you avoid the effects of holiday stress.
As much as you may love your Aunt Ida and enjoy seeing your third cousins
each year, having extended family around can be stressful—especially if you’re hosting out-of-towners for an extended
period of time. Plan ahead for your visitors and avoid clashing with your clan. Lend them your car and send them on a winter
wonderland tour of the most picturesque sights in town. Also, share the burden: Even if you’re the one with extra guest
rooms, ask other family members in the area to entertain your guests for an afternoon so you can focus on other tasks (or
just meditate for an hour). This will allow you some necessary breathing room and keep you sane over the long haul-iday. Make
and keep your chiropractic appointments. Bring curious family members along or use the time as a break
from the group activities.
Sweets are Coming to Town
When the sugarplum
fairy comes to town, resistance can seem futile. While it’s understandable to want to taste test all the holiday
treats that seem to materialize in front of you, it’s important not to go overboard. Sugar binges will cause your energy
to spike and dip, increasing stress and fatigue. Allow yourself to sample, but avoid digging into the entire batch. If you
love to bake, use healthier recipes with natural, whole food ingredients and consider giving half to a soup kitchen or shelter.
festivities aren’t going on, make a point to pack in lots of green veggies, healthy snacks and water. Instead of having
a candy dish, put out a bowl of almonds and walnuts with a snazzy nutcracker. If you surround yourself with reminders of your
100 Year Lifestyle, you’ll get through the holidays feeling younger and healthier than ever.
all of the prepping and celebrating during December, it can be easy to let your fitness slide. While your usual exercise routine
may be interrupted, try to make up the difference in creative ways. Have a snowball fight with the kids, power walk while
you hunt for the perfect gift, or play holiday tunes and dance around the house. Not only will you be engaging in physical
activity that relieves holiday stress, it will make getting back into your routine much easier once things calm down.
And don’t forget about the kids. While they’re taking two weeks off from gym class and school sports, it can be
tempting to watch two weeks of holiday specials. Enlisting them to shovel the driveway, hang lights or complete other tasks
will help you out, keep them engaged and encourage healthy habits at a young age.
“Starting next year…”
During the holiday season, foregoing
our healthy habits with the vague hope of jumping back in on January 1 can take you months to get back on track. Instead,
follow some of the tips above to help you stay on track and still enjoy the season. You’ll feel better about yourself,
have less stress, and be around for a hundred holidays to come!