Five Tips to Help You Feel Well Throughout the Holidays
Are you filled with a mix of fa la la and bah humbug as you consider the upcoming weeks of holiday dinners, parties, and more? If you’re dreading the days ahead, know that you’re not alone: It’s normal to stress about food issues or body concerns during the holiday season. Given that many events center around family and food, it can be a particularly challenging time if you struggle with disordered eating behaviors or an eating disorder.
In today’s blog post, I want to share five tips to help you feel well throughout the holidays.
1. Eat foods that make you feel good.
When it comes to holiday gatherings and meals, relax a bit! Remember that special foods like corn casserole, prime rib, and apple pie are part of the tradition. Try to avoid all-or-nothing thinking. Instead, on these special days, be mindful and enjoy your favorites as part of a collective, celebratory experience with your loved ones. On the days in between, focus on eating in a manner that makes you feel your best – full of energy and clarity. Sometimes, our traditions don’t make us feel our best physically. That’s OK! You don’t want to feel crappy until the New Year, but you don’t have to completely avoid the foods that connect us to others.
2. Rest your body.
It’s important to pace yourself! Aim to get more sleep than normal to ensure that you’re well-rested and restored. If possible, as a way to schedule some much-needed relaxation, plan low-key pajama days filled with holiday movies and family games.
3. Quiet and “tone” your nerves.
Take care of your nervous system during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Breathe deeply — in through your nose and out through your mouth — and exhale completely. Sing and dance as you listen to music. Hug and connect with your loved ones face-to-face. Laugh together! Meditate and reflect on your accomplishments of 2022 and goals for the year ahead.
4. Make exercise a priority.
To improve your mood and energy levels, aim to move your body in a joyful way each day. Consistent movement also has a positive impact on your self-image and body connection. Even a 15-minute walk around your neighborhood or gentle yoga session can make a big difference.
5. Focus on gratitude.
Instead of getting hung up on your body, turn your attention to your many blessings. Focus on your relationships, your successes, and your excitement for what’s to come. To ground yourself in gratitude during this busy time of year, think of three things that you’re grateful for before you get out of bed each morning. Carry this positive feeling with you throughout the day.
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Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season for all!
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