5 Tips for Staying Healthy this Holiday Season
Between the hustle and bustle of Christmas festivities and the cooling temperatures, it’s easy to get rundown and become more susceptible to illness. So while you’re busily taking care of everyone else, be sure to take care of yourself too!
These five tips will get you started:
1. Get Enough Sleep.
If you’re a mother, you know how grumpy children get when they’re tired. Enough said. So turn off the computer or put away the dust cloth and get some shuteye. Unless of course, you want to pop over to my house to dust first!
2. Stick to your exercise and quiet time routines.
This time of year, it’s easy to skip that morning walk or the date with your favorite workout video. Don’t. Skipping will soon become your new routine. Exercise will help keep extra pounds at bay, as well as, elevate your mood.
The same goes for your quiet times. It’s easy to rush through them or skip them altogether with all the extra things you find on your to-do list. But Jesus needs to be first in all we do, or really, what’s the point?
With the diminishing nutrition in our food these days, and especially with the rich foods we’re tempted to fill up on at holiday parties, every mother’s nagging refrain is truer now than ever before. Eating more vegetables will help you stay healthy—physically and emotionally. Moreover, to keep your emotions on an even keel, avoid excess sugars and fats. Except for dark chocolate…you can never go wrong with dark chocolate. <wink>
4. Ask for help.
You don’t have to do it all! Newsflash—people actually like to be needed. Helping others is a great mood booster, too. So help others feel better by inviting them to help you. <grin>
Okay…asking your son to put out the garbage and clean his room may not boost his mood, but…it will when you give him a big hug afterward and say “Thank you. I so appreciate your help. I couldn’t have gotten everything done I needed to without it.”
Schedule downtime to indulge in whatever activity helps you relax. You can’t always give, give, give without taking time to refill your own well. It will quickly lead to burnout. This time of year, I love to read Christmas novellas, the kind of light, feel-good stories you can curl up in a chair with and read in a couple of hours. It’s a great way to unwind after a busy day and forget your troubles for a while.
Of course, Kate, the heroine of my latest mystery, with her penchant for herbal teas, would suggest that you also sip a soothing warm tea. In keeping with the season, she might recommend spicing up your favorite chai tea with cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. I personally enjoy stirring my green tea with a cinnamon stick or candy cane or both for a little extra holiday zing.
Sandra Orchard writes romantic suspense and mysteries to inspire the soul—fast-paced, keep-you-guessing stories with a generous dash of sweet romance. Her award-winning books include Deadly Devotion, Blind Trust, Desperate Measures and the soon-to-be-released A Fool and His Monet (Revell), as well as numerous Love Inspired Suspense titles. Visit Sandra at www.SandraOrchard.com or Facebook.com/SandraOrchard