So it’s less than a week before Christmas, and Hanukkah is in a few days. If you feel like the flurry of the holidays is one more thing to juggle in an already busy schedule, then try to remember these few things to stay healthy:
1. BREATH- Take even a few minutes to breath and get centered. If you can meditate…all the better. Remember what the holiday means, and prioritize your day. Treat yourself to a massage, warm bath or just a nice hot cup of your favorite tea. You’ll be surprised how sitting and being still in the long run helps you be more efficient in getting things done.
2. SLEEP- Ahhh…our long lists and rushing around can keep our stress hormone, Cortisol, up in the evening and even through the night. First make sure you keep up with the basic nutrients that help us sleep, like Magnesium and Calcium. Some homeopathic sleep formulas can be helpful, such as Calmes Forte. Hops, Valerian, lemon balm, kava, and passionflower are all good herbs that help induce sleep. If your mind seems to be racing at night, try L-Tryptophan or GABA to help support serotonin and calm down those excitatory neurons.
3. DRINK WATER- Keep up with 6-8 glasses a day. It reduces your risk of catching those nasty viruses that turn into colds and helps flush toxins away. Especially stay hydrated if you’re indulging with more alcohol and sugar at those holiday parties. Wash your hands often and especially remind your children to wash their hands.
4. KEEP MOVING- Exercise is a great stress reliever, helps promote sleep and boosts your mood. Get outside if the weather permits to get some fresh air. It will help burn those extra calories you may be consuming and help you stay healthy.
5. KEEP IT SIMPLE- Most of us are stressed over the economy, work or family. So don’t overschedule yourself or your family. Shop for things with value, such as useful stocking stuffers verses the latest bling or gadget. Gift certificates are especially useful at a favorite store, or bake something special for a friend. Have fun by stamping recycled paper and use real ribbon for gift wrapping.
6. GIVE GREEN. Our economy and planet depend on it. Buy locally produced gifts. Buy organic which uses fewer fossil fuels than conventional farming. Buy on-line to save paper and to save time and gas.
Stay healthy this season so you can enjoy the magic of the holiday!