Properly preparing for the winter months is important. The holiday season and time spent with family and friends can be stressful, so take time out to relax and rejuvenate your body and mind. The transition from summer to winter can affect our health and wellness so it’s important to take steps to feel healthy and happy during the holidays. The following tips will help you stay healthy this winter:
The holidays are about spending quality time with friends and family, appreciating what you already have, and giving to others in need. Spending time focusing on gratitude can elicit positive feelings that will not only help you enjoy the season more, but also promote well-being. The key is to focus on the good things going on in your life rather than dwelling on the bad or complaining about aspects of your life that make it hard for you to be grateful. Finding gratitude helps shift your focus from what is missing from your life to what has been given to you, reducing stress and increasing happiness.
Eat a balanced diet
Eat a balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. When choosing your foods, think about color. A variety of colors on your plate indicates a variety of nutrients that are essential for good health.
Before the holidays begin, make sure you get enough sleep.
Winter is supposed to be cold, but it’s also supposed to be the season of rest. Remember to make time for meditation and relaxation in your busy schedule. Experts say 7-9 hours of sleep per night is essential to good health; if you’re not getting that much, try cutting back on some late night phone conversations or binge-watching shows on Netflix.