staying health this holiday season. tips on staying healthy

Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year where we gather for big meals, enjoy holiday parties, and maybe partake in more drinks and desserts than usual. Here are a few tips we have for staying healthy while enjoying the holiday season. These are also healthy tips we remind ourselves all year round. 

1. Stay Hydrated

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Amongst the activities and festive drinks of the season, it is easy to become dehydrated. Try this adrenal cream cider or a warm turmeric raw milk latte to help you stay hydrated AND merry! It’s so important to drink plenty of good old-fashioned water as well.

As the holiday season approaches, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and overindulge in festive treats. However, it’s crucial to prioritize your health and make conscious choices that support your well-being. By incorporating hydrating beverages like adrenal cream cider and turmeric raw milk latte into your routine, drinking plenty of water, along with mindful eating practices, you can navigate the holiday season with a healthy mindset and maintain your overall health and vitality. Remember, the holiday season is a time to celebrate, not to compromise your well-being. Embrace the festivities with a balance of indulgence and self-care, and you’ll emerge from the season feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to face the new year with renewed vitality.

In the morning, start your day with a delicious and nutritious Green Smoothie loaded with healthy ingredients inlcuding Pea Shoots. 

2. Get Plenty of Sleep

Extra sleep during the busy holiday season is never a bad thing!

Don’t skimp on sleep amongst all the parties and festivities. Our bodies are naturally inclined to rest more during the winter with the limited daylight hours and colder temperatures. Allow yourself time to rest and replenish! We can’t emphasize how important it is to prioritize sleep during the holiday season and to allow your body and mind to rest, recharge, and prepare for the festivities ahead. 

Respecting Your Circadian Rhythm: Aligning with Nature’s Cues

Our bodies naturally follow a circadian rhythm, an internal clock that regulates sleep-wake patterns. During the winter months, with shorter daylight hours and cooler temperatures, our bodies are naturally inclined to rest more. Honoring these natural cues by allowing yourself more sleep during the holiday season can help you feel more energized and refreshed throughout the festivities.

Creating a Sleep-Supportive Environment

Establishing a relaxing bedtime routine can significantly improve sleep quality. Aim to wind down an hour or two before bed by engaging in calming activities like reading, taking a warm bath, or listening to soothing music. Avoid screen time close to bedtime as the blue light emitted from electronic devices can interfere with sleep.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

The holiday season can be a source of stress and anxiety for many, making it challenging to fall asleep and stay asleep. Incorporating stress-management techniques like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises into your routine can help calm the mind and promote a sense of relaxation before bed.

Prioritizing Sleep for Optimal Well-being

While the allure of holiday festivities may tempt you to sacrifice sleep, we strongly encourage prioritizing rest during this time. Adequate sleep is crucial for maintaining physical and mental health, enabling you to fully enjoy the season’s celebrations without feeling drained or overwhelmed.

Embrace the Holiday Season with Renewed Energy

By prioritizing sleep during the holiday season, you’ll provide your body with the necessary rest and rejuvenation to tackle the festivities with enthusiasm and vitality. Remember, sleep isn’t a luxury but a necessity for maintaining optimal health and well-being. Embrace the holiday season with a commitment to self-care, and you’ll emerge from the festive period feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to embrace the new year with renewed vitality.

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3. Practice Presence

Give Yourself the Present of Presence this Holiday Season!

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle. Give yourself the presence of presence with a few box breaths or quiet moments amidst the business.

Box Breathing: A Simple Yet Powerful Technique

Box breathing, a simple yet effective mindfulness technique, can help you ground yourself in the present moment and alleviate stress. Sit comfortably with your back straight and begin by inhaling deeply for four counts, holding your breath for four counts, exhaling slowly for four counts, and pausing for four counts before repeating the cycle. This simple practice can help calm your mind, reduce anxiety, and bring you into a state of present-moment awareness.

Creating Moments of Quiet Reflection

Amidst the holiday festivities, schedule brief moments of quiet reflection to reconnect with yourself and appreciate the present moment. Step away from the noise and distractions, find a comfortable spot, and simply sit and observe. Notice your surroundings, the sounds around you, and your breath flowing in and out. Allow your thoughts to come and go without judgment, gently bringing your attention back to the present moment.

Mindful Participation in Activities

Even while engaging in holiday activities, cultivate a sense of presence. When decorating the tree, savor the feeling of each ornament, the scent of pine needles, and the warm glow of lights. As you prepare meals, focus on the aromas, textures, and flavors of the ingredients. During gatherings, engage in meaningful conversations, listen actively to others, and appreciate the company of loved ones.

Presence as a Gift to Yourself

By incorporating mindfulness practices into your holiday routine, you’re giving yourself the gift of presence, allowing you to truly experience the joy and beauty of the season. Remember, the holiday season isn’t just about the festivities and gifts; it’s also about cherishing the present moment and connecting with yourself and loved ones. Embrace the season with a mindful heart, and you’ll carry the tranquility and gratitude you cultivate into the new year.

4. Nourish Your Body

Nourish Your Body! Don't Just Eat. Your Body Will Thank You in 2024

We’re not saying you need to skip the desserts, but don’t forget to prioritize foods that nourish and support your body as well. Start your day on the right foot with a nourishing breakfast. Our go-to breakfast is bacon and farm-fresh scrambled eggs mixed with cottage cheese and topped with microgreens! As you may already know, microgreens are a great way to add extra nutrition to any meal and they are delicious. 

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