Don’t Halt During the Holiday Season.
Like the last two minutes of an intense football game, the year end can be difficult to keep up with as there typically seems to be less time and more things to do. Schedules and routines are often lost in the hustle and bustle of the season. But take heart and allow me to share some simple tips that can make the next month and beyond more rewarding emotionally and physically.
- ACTION REQUIRED – Keep Moving! While getting to the health club or workout in during the holidays, you can still find time for movement by thinking ahead and making a plan. Everyone feels better after having worked out as it releases tension, stress and is great for your overall health. Keep things simple, and consider a more basic routine, the key is doing something. Consider using some of your family time to take a walk after dinner and the family dog would love this too! Going up and down…do some step workouts. Stretching is another easy to do wherever you are activity. For strength training, take 5-10 minutes and do some quick lunges, squats and push-ups, or take the stairs rather than the elevator. If you are used to a full exercise schedule, it’s ok to reduce the amount of activity, but you won’t want to start off the New Year feeling out of shape, carrying extra pounds and sore muscles. Be sure and keep hydrated with H2O!!
- SHOULDERS & HEAD BACK…Posture. Whether you are waiting in line at the store, watching a movie or working on the computer, take note of you posture. Are you slouching? This not only is bad for you back but impacts your breathing too. Be kind to your spine and it will support you well. Make a pack with family and friends to hold each other accountable, it’s easy to do, easy not to do.
- TAKE FIVE – Refocus and remember, this too shall pass (good or bad). We often fail to realize that stress is primarily self-induced. How we react to things is in our control. Granted, hormones play a significant role, but we are wise when we can take five and step away from the intensity to regroup and center ourselves again. Let go and breathe (through your nose): Take five deep breaths, inhale for five, exhale for five and repeat five times. Empty your mind.
Perhaps most important of all, try to focus on what you have not what you don’t have. Spend time with friends and family, or maybe just some extra time alone. Personally, I believe it’s a wonderful time to slow down and reflect on priorities. Remember, there is always someone worse off and when you see someone without a smile, give them yours.
Be mindful…Life is a journey not a destination. Take a moment to watch this inspiring video of people practicing random acts of kindness and love.
Happy Thanksgiving and may the holiday season be a blessing to you and your family.