Wellness during holidays doesn't have to be boring. They are the best time of the year to reminisce old memories and create new bonds. And, it is also the time to gauge into delicious, mouth-watering food and delicacies. Don’t worry you guys, I am not here to teach you all what to eat and what not to eat. It’s Christmas after all. You are free to celebrate however you want.
Holidays are way more than a merry celebration. They are a break from work and daily routine. So, whatever wellness means to you, it is totally upon you to maintain it. Wellness is not just about eating healthy. It could be a strict workout for you or daily meditation practice too. Wellness is personal. Hence, how you continue it during the holidays is personal too.
But, of course, enjoying holidays shouldn’t cost you your well-being. Thus, here are a few ways to enjoy holidays without compromising your wellness this season.
Wellness during holidays: Tip 1 - Be mindful of your food
When it comes to food, especially during the holidays, it’s not what you eat that matters. But, how often do you eat it? Holidays are the time to involve in different menus and try different tastes. You shouldn’t be counting calories during the most wonderful time of the year.
The right way to strike a balance is to maintain portion control and scheduled meals. Overeating during the holidays is the root of holiday weight gain. Thus, you have to be mindful of how often and how much you are eating in a day.
Wellness during holidays: Tip 2 - Keep yourself hydrated
How is it even possible to talk about holistic wellness without water? Water accounts for 60% of our total body weight. It is important to maintain this percentage by staying hydrated during holidays. It also helps in fighting sickness, maintaining our cell’s fluids, and delivering nutrients.
The chilly winters make it harder to drink water so often. This results in a loss of moisture in the body. Hence, it’s important to stick to the general recommendation of drinking eight glasses of water. You can also help yourself by alternating water between your cocktails and alcohol.
Wellness during holidays: Tip 3 - Maintain a regular sleep cycle
Sleep and recovery usually take a backseat during the holidays. Late night parties, after-hours work functions, family events, or other social gatherings make it difficult. If there is anything we compromise the most during the holidays, that’s sleep.
Less sleeping hours does more harm than just making you tired. Hence, it is important to support your body clock and maintain natural hormone production with optimal sleep. You can do this by using the recovery tracker in our 360Wellness app.
Wellness during holidays: Tip 4 - Don’t miss your self-care routine
Don’t allow the holiday madness to take a toll on your emotional and mental health. You might have a jam-packed calendar with long to-do lists. But, don’t put your personal needs behind the bars for the celebrations. Festivities don’t want you to be less of who you are.
Seek support as and when you need it. Take time off to relax and unwind. It could be anything from conventional holiday activities like baking or decorations to simple and unconventional holidays activities like reading. Choose what makes you happy.
Wellness during holidays: Tip 5 - Monitor your alcohol intake
Holiday celebrations may include booze and alcohol for some of you. This makes it easy for you to overindulge in alcohol consumption. It takes the human body almost a week to restabilize its healthy state after you ‘get drunk’ one night. Thus, it’s advised to not overdo your drinks.
Yes, holidays are meant to make you happy and feel the celebration. But, do you need alcohol for that? If you do, go ahead. But remember, moderation is the key. So, strike the balance and maintain your emotional wellness effectively.
Wellness during holidays: Tip 6 - Stay active with simple workouts
The first thing disrupted by the holidays is our workout sessions. A long schedule of back-to-back festivities and celebrations can make it difficult to catch up to the gym. But, physical health is important too. Regular workouts, even if they are minimal, help to keep the weight in check.
If you find it hard to schedule your workout sessions, go ahead and download our 360Wellness app. It helps you to perform your workouts anytime, anywhere under the guidance of our fitness and wellness professionals. Remember, the key is to select activities that keep you moving.
Wellness during holidays: Tip 7 - Stay away from the crowd
Hate to say this, but the present situation seems like we’ll have to continue the wait. Yes, we have the vaccines. But, the latest news on the new variant of the coronavirus has just reminded us that the pandemic isn’t over yet. So please avoid crowded places.
However, if you are going to a crowded place make sure you and everyone else are vaccinated. Also, please take all the precautionary measures. Wear your masks, carry your sanitizers and keep your home a pandemic-free zone.
Wellness during holidays can become a little overwhelming. But, you don’t have to leave your holiday celebrations behind for it.
As you ace your wellness game this holiday season, make sure you do that while enjoying it with your loved ones. If I could sum up wellness in a word, it would be “happiness”. So, do as you may but make sure you keep yourself happy and well always.
Enjoy the merry season with love, laughter, and loads of goodness.