Wellness | Healthy Happy Holidays
Amidst holiday chaos it is easy to lose sight of the things that keep us happy and healthy. These 5 tips will help keep your mind-body connection in tact to help your spirit flourish during this festive season:
Don’t let the holidays take away from your year of healthy living.
You’ve spent the year focusing on yourself and discovering the things that keep you and your body running smoothly, don’t let this holiday season stop you from reaching your goals. Health doesn’t mean compromising your happiness, there are alternatives to all your favorite holiday treats. Avoid refined sugar, processed goods and instead eat real food. Spend some time researching recipes to fulfill all your cravings (when in doubt, pinterest it out) and spend a day creating healthy treats that will have you, your family and all holiday party attendees wanting more! And even if you do indulge, always remember that you can start over fresh the next day.
Nothing will be perfect so don’t get down on yourself when things don’t go as planned.
During the holidays, there’s an expectation to look and act a certain way. Who wore it best? What’s the ideal gift? Where are you traveling to? If your holiday party doesn’t go as planned, you get a run in your stocking or the roast beef is slightly overcooked, don’t stress because guess what? Life will go on. Approach situations with a level head and don’t burden yourself with unrealistic expectations. We are only as great as the image we paint of ourselves.
Avoid hibernation but set aside some time to practice what makes you happy.
Whether that’s yoga, going for a run, listening to your favorite playlist, reading or curling up in your cozy bed and binge watching your favorite netflix show. Give yourself the gift of “me time” this holiday season, even if this happens every few days, you owe it to yourself to do just that.
Remember to exercise.
Physical activity is not only great for your body, but for your mind. It’s easy to lose sight of a workout routine when you’re focused on hosting parties, shopping and spending time with family and friends. Exercise releases endorphins which promote happiness and a positive mindset. There’s nothing like running in the cold winter air to relieve stress, but if cardio ain’t your thing (and it certainly isn’t for all) try practicing mindfulness. Take a second every day to find peace, meditate and connect with yourself. Exercise is unique for all and it affects everyone differently, so find what suits you and dedicate some time to yourself.
Being selfless is one of the greatest forms of self-care. Take time to acknowledge what you appreciate in your life and consider some things that you may take for granted. Spend time with those less fortunate and send out your love to those who need it in the world.
At the CCT women’s wellness retreats we practice mindfulness and meditation to keep our mind-body connection in tact. Our passion for socially conscious travel and eco vacations fuse with women empowerment to perfectly mold our way of life.
Much love & happy holidays!