Continuing with our series for staying healthy during the winter, it’s important we address, early on, how important is is to stay healthy in terms of the upcoming holidays. The holiday season can bring mixed emotions. For some, it’s their favorite time of year. For others, it brings feelings of sadness and loss. This week, we share with you tips on surviving the holidays.
Feeling depressed or anxious is not unusual during the holiday season. Upcoming dinners, parties, and other family or friend gatherings may cause a great deal of stress. These feelings may be even worse for those who have experienced divorce, lost a loved one, are living far from family and friends.
Tips for Surviving the Holidays:
- Stay connected.
- Some people may want to close themselves off this time of year but it’s important to remember to stay connected. If your friends and family are far away from you, reach out with a phone call. Go out with friends every once in a while to catch up. Don’t let the stress of the holidays keep you from staying connected to the ones you love.
- Acknowledge and support your emotions.
- You may have a difficult time with emotions during the holidays. Maybe you’re remembering someone you’ve lost. Maybe you’re apart from your family. No matter the situation it’s important to acknowledge your feelings and support your emotions during this time. Don’t force yourself to do something you’re not comfortable doing. And, if you have someone you trust, open up and share your feelings with them. It will help in your healing process. Essential oils are an amazing way to naturally support your emotions without adding additional toxins to your body when you’re using medical grade essential oils.
- Maintain your routine.
- There can be so much going on during this time of year. You’re pulled in one direction, then another, then another, and before you know it it’s spring! This is why it’s important to maintain your routine as much as possible. This will help you stay organized and stress less during this time of year. We also recommend using a journal to keep positive thoughts flowing through your brain as you focus on all the things to be grateful for in your life.
- Eat healthy meals.
- During this time of year people tend to snack more than usual all throughout the day. Are you one of those people? I know I used to be. I had to be sure to put limits on how many times I’d go to the snack jar or the break room area because there was always a pile of snacks, usually sugary sweet snacks, around. The best way to manage this is to have healthy snack options around. And try to limit the amount of junk food you eat this time of year. An increase in sugar will also trigger changing emotions. A great way to keep yourself full so you can avoid the sugary sweets is to make a good protein or vegan shake.
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Dr. Cori Campbell
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