The holiday season can bring an abundance of joy, laughter and celebration. This is also the time of year when stress and anxiety can climb to all time highs. So what can we do to enjoy the holidays and stay healthy?
First we start with learning that stress comes in three flavors: mental/emotional, environmental, and physical. Mental emotional stress arises from trying to do too much in too short a time span and insufficient communication in any relationship (family, friends and work place). Environmental stress comes from the food we eat, the liquids we drink and the air we breathe. Physical stress is created form doing more than we are in shape for, coupled with a disregard for and/or lack of physical awareness.
HINT! Everyone has all three stressors all the time and each one can positively or negatively affect the other but that’s for another post. The question is how well do you manage the level of each?
Since you can’t fix what you can’t find, in order to manage your levels you first must have awareness. And we’re in luck; the built-in early warning awareness systems already exist in each of us. “The systems” are our emotions, physical signs and symptoms.
Emotions point to our current state of mind based on our circumstances and/ or relationships with others. Symptoms and physical signs are the body’s way of saying “STOP, Listen, Do something different, NOW!” Our Innate Intelligence (the inborn wisdom of our being) uses symptoms to stop us and emotions to help move us in a different direction.
Each one of us experiences life through our nerve system (brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves). It enables us to perceive our experiences in our own unique way which influences our behaviors which in turn creates the structures of our lives. When we listen to the messages of our Innate Intelligence we are become aware of the right thing to do for our own wellbeing.
Here is how to enjoy the holidays and stay healthy.
- Listen to your body.
- Get plenty of sleep (you are better off getting up early than staying up late, your body does most of its healing between 10 PM and 2AM)
- Drink plenty of water. Your body is more than 70% water replenish it daily. No juice or soda these are liquid sugar. Fruit juice does not equal eating fruit unless you squeezed it yourself.
Holiday treats and cocktails in extreme moderation – not every day and a maximum or 2 of each in a day when you do indulge (sugar and alcohol suppress the immune system)
- Eat balanced meals (include lots of veggies) while sitting at a table not on the run. No fast food.
- Give yourself permission to say no thank. Avoid over committing yourself.
- Take a good Vitamin D3 supplement. At this time of year in the northeast the sun no longer produces enough. Experts recommend 5000 to 8000 IU per day for adults and 35 IU per pound of body weight for children.
- Keep up your regular exercise routine if you have one. If you don’t have one plan to start one so you will be healthier next holiday season.
- Listen to your body, Listen to your body, Listen to your body
If you need more information on this or any health and wellness topic please contact my office.