The holiday season is upon us! While the holidays are often associated with joy, rest and connection with loved ones, for many, this year’s holidays are bringing up new concerns and demanding adjustments. Amidst a pandemic how do we truly stay healthy, well and thrive during this holidays season?

We are here to help guide you physically and emotionally to increase wellness, health and well-being during this time. Here are 10 tips to experiencing a healthy and HAPPY holidays…

Tip #1 – Adjust Your Expectations & Be Flexible
The pandemic has required us all to adjust our expectation and also to remain flexible as things are constantly shifting and changing. When we are unable to do this we become emotionally unwell and it begins to impact our health, relationships, career and really all major areas of life.

Letting go of what we had wanted, hoped for or expected around the holiday season and leaning into what we are able to do now will increase inner peace and enjoyment around the entire holiday season. Let go and remain flexible!

Tip #2 – Create A Plan
Planning, preparation and intentionality will lead to the best outcome for this unique holiday season. Plan things out ahead of time. Create a safe and enjoyable way to spend the holidays. Get creative and find new ways to do the things you enjoy most! Once you have created an entire ‘pandemic’ holiday season, remember to keep Tip #1 at the forefront as well!

Tip #3 – All Things In Balance
From spending money buying gifts to how much you eat, approach all of these things in a balanced way. Let go of the all or nothing mentality and give yourself permission to take a balanced approach this year. It is never the one cookie that leads us to gaining weight or feeling icky… it’s when we indulge in ALL of the cookies (so to speak).

When it comes to gifts and money this year, buy only what you can afford to buy and then find another way to honor the person with a gift of quality time, acts of service, words of affirmation or homemade gifts.

Tip #4 – Set & Practice Healthy Boundaries
Setting healthy boundaries and honoring them in a loving and kind way leads to decreased stress, which in turn supports optimal immune system function. So when you are setting and honoring boundaries you are self-caring… not only for your emotional well-being but also for your health.

Keep in mind that setting boundaries is not listing rules for someone else to follow. Boundaries are most healthy and effective when we set them with ourself. For example, if you set a boundary with yourself to not lose your temper and blow up at loved ones, it is up to you and you alone to honor that boundary. Maybe you honor that boundary by noticing when you are approaching the end of your rope and choosing to take a walk and calm down before speaking.

Tip #5 – Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals
Many people over eat during the holidays by piling their plates full of food or save up their appetite and eat one big meal. Instead, try to eat 4-5 little meals. Eating smaller more frequent meals can support optimal metabolism. It is also easier on your digestion and gut health. Also keep Tip #3, all things in balance in mind!

Tip #6 – Take Time Out To Practice Self-Care
It is easy to get overwhelmed or even burnt out during the holiday season, this is why increasing your self-care practices during this season is so very important to your health and well-being! Take time out for you! It is sometimes helpful to schedule self-care time into your calendar and then treat that appointment with yourself as a top priority.

Tip #7 – Get Enough Rest & Sleep
One of the fastest ways to increase stress, through your entire system off and decrease your immune system function is to NOT get enough sleep and rest. Proper sleep, sleep hygiene and also relaxation is a critical part of staying healthy and well. Don’t burn the candle at both ends, take it easy!

Tip #8 – Let Go Of Resentments
Holding onto anger and resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Unresolved anger and resentment not only harms your relationships, it actually impacts your physical and emotional health as well. Practicing forgiveness doesn’t mean that what the other person did was ok, but it means that you release them of the anger and hurt in order to heal yourself. Acknowledging that people are often doing the best they can with the information, skills and resources they have can be helpful in allowing you to have a mindset shift and release resentments.

Tip #9 – Move Your Body
Sitting or lying around for days on end is very bad for your body. There is a saying, ‘a body in motion tends to stay in motion, a body at rest tends to stay at rest’, or use it or loose it. When we do not move our bodies enough, not only do we gain weight but we also begin to experience joint pain and back pain. So be sure to get up and move your body. This can be little walks throughout the day, outdoor activities like gardening or playing catch, a daily exercise routine or online class or dancing in the living room with your loved ones!

Tip #10 – Creatively & Safely Connect
This year it is not safe for you or your family and friends to gather, but this doesn’t mean you can’t connect. Host a virtual holiday party over zoom. Do a drive-by holiday caroling. Do a virtual game night online. Now is the time to get creative and make sure that you see the face of each and every loved one in your life. Though we may be separate this year, we are never truly apart.

May you experience wellness, healthy and abundant joy this holiday season!
For those of you who are struggling with your physical health or your emotional and mental wellbeing, please do not hesitate to get the support you need by scheduling a virtual session with a practitioner on the ModiHealth platform by clicking HERE