With the holidays just around the corner it is hard to keep a healthy holiday mindset. Many of us are already worried about how we are going to lead a healthy lifestyle… with all the parties and gatherings combined with shopping, decorating and planning it can feel overwhelming before we even start. Does this sound familiar? If so, let’s change your thinking so that you can have a healthy holiday mindset!
5 Steps to Creating A Healthy Holiday Mindset
- BE THANKFUL! I love preparing and spending time with my friends, colleagues and family! Be thankful for all the people who surround you and love you.
- BREATHE! Yes, when we are stressed we tend to stop breathing… well not entirely, but we take smaller breathes that reduces the amount of oxygen that gets into your body which reduces attention, focus and energy level. Slowly breath in for two counts, hold for 2 counts, exhale for 2 counts and repeat. Do this for 30 to 60 seconds.
- PREPARE AND PLAN! Especially when it comes to the foods we eat, when we prepare and plan ahead of time we tend to binge less and select healthier options.
- KEEP MOVING! If you exercise regularly keep it up! Don’t stop! Both for your physical and mental health. If you don’t exercise, think about simply moving a little more. Ideally get up every 20 to 30 minutes and move for 1 – 5 minutes. Just standing is helpful.
- GRATITUDE! Research has shown that when a person says to themselves or others “IT IS A GREAT DAY” they report feeling happier throughout the day. Before getting out of bed reflect on those areas of your life that you are grateful for and wish to attract more of.
When working to keep a healthy holiday mindset don’t forget, the most important person for you to love and be thankful for is yourself! It is when we feel good about ourselves that we are better for everyone around us!
For more information on exercise and other tips to stay healthy during this holiday season, get in touch with Nancy at Fitness At Work, LLC. We are a Corporate Fitness and Wellness Company located in Baltimore, Maryland.
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou