Some of us look forward to the winter holiday season all year. Others, not so much! Either way, it can be quite a challenge to maintain our self-care practices, especially healthy eating and exercise, during this time. Here are a few of our favorite tips that we’ve found to help you take care of yourself.
Multi-tasking while eating, whether that means chatting at a dinner party or cozying up to watch a movie by the fire, causes us to overeat. Try to practice mindfulness and eat meditatively by paying attention to the sensory experience of eating - what the food smells like and how it feels in your mouth in addition to how yummy it tastes.
The alcohol and caffeine in festive drinks can dehydrate you, as can rushing around shopping or running holiday errands! Keep a large glass water bottle with you at all times – Lisa and SFK use Life Factory and Sarah Shemory loves her CamelBak – and add some lemon, ginger, or mint leaves if you’d like. Aim for at least half your body weight in fluid ounces of water (e.g., 75 fluid ounces if you weigh 150 pounds). If you need a refill while out and about, you can almost always find a water fountain by the restrooms! Added bonus: drinking lots of water will help prevent bloating after holiday treats and meals.
KEEP HEALTHY SNACKS ON HAND
It’s more challenging to make nutritious food choices when you’re choosing on an empty stomach! Keep a stash of low-sugar, high-protein, high-fiber munchies with you wherever you go so that you’re less likely to slip while traveling to see friends and family, shopping for gifts, or party-hopping.
Sleep is vital to your physical and mental health. Holiday events (and the cocktails that may go along with them) can throw you off your normal sleep routine. Stick to your regular bed and wake-up times as much as you can and don’t be afraid to take a nap if you get a few free moments to yourself!
BEFORE YOU SPLURGE…
We’re certainly not against indulging yourself once in a while. It’s that time of year! But before you splurge, feed your soul with some self-care. Go for a quick walk, drink a little green juice, practice a brief meditation, or call someone you love to catch up.
DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP
If you help yourself to seconds (or thirds!), sip on one champagne too many, or can’t find time to exercise one day, show yourself some compassion and forgiveness! There’s no sense in wasting energy feeling guilty. Make a commitment to get back to your routine the next day and let it go.
When we’re super busy it’s easier to lose track of what our bodies are telling us and get sick or depleted. Find a free moment to ask yourself:
- How am I feeling right now?
- Do I feel stress, pain, or sadness right now? Where?
- What is my body telling me I need?
- What can I do to take care of myself physically, emotionally, or spiritually?
The holiday season can interfere with our regular exercise routines because we’re on vacation, hosting guests, or simply too booked! First, remember that you can still get your 30 minutes of recommended exercise in each day – just break it up into shorter, more manageable periods of time. A 10 minute yoga sequence right after you get out of bed, some GYROTONIC® or GYROKINESIS® chair exercises, or a quick Pilates mat session will serve you well. Ask your favorite instructor for some tips! Secondly, give yourself some credit for the extra activities you’re incorporating into your day. Walking that you do while shopping, decorating and cleaning your house, and spending extra time with little ones in your life all count. And lastly: if you find a free hour in your schedule, give Inspiral a call for a private appointment or a class!
Do you have a favorite way to take care of yourself during the holidays? Chat us up next time you’re in the studio, shoot us an email, or tag us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!