In the midst of the holiday hustle, finding the balance between celebration and self-care can be tricky. We want to relax and indulge, but at the same time, we also want to make sure our health is still a priority. Last year, we shared our favorite health hacks to keep you optimized during the holidays. Now, let’s delve deeper into part two of our mindful living and wellness strategies to embrace the holidays with balance and vitality.
Indulge with intention. Holiday gatherings are filled with tempting treats, but mindful indulgence involves savoring these delights consciously. Before reaching for another treat, pause and assess your hunger cues. Avoid mindless snacking and enjoy each bite slowly, appreciating the flavors and textures. By being present in the moment, you can relish the culinary delights without overindulging, fostering a healthier relationship with food.
Stay hydrated. Amidst the festivities, maintaining optimal hydration is crucial. Alcohol intake (which we will chat more about later) increases, and we’re also consuming more salt and sugar. In between hot chocolates, eggnog, and hot toddies make sure you are getting plenty of water. If you struggle with getting enough water in, keep a water bottle on hand with your goal intake and try to sip it throughout the day. When your body is well hydrated, you can flush toxins more effectively and your digestion is improved - two systems you want running at their peak during this time!
Create pockets of tranquility amidst the holiday whirlwind, especially if you’re hosting guests. Establish rituals that promote relaxation and rejuvenation. This could involve carving out some alone time for meditation, indulging in a warm bath with soothing essential oils, or practicing gentle yoga stretches. Cultivating these rituals allows for moments of calm amid the festive excitement, nurturing your overall well-being.
Amidst the influx of notifications and social media updates, consider a digital detox. Allocate specific times to unplug and disconnect from screens. Use this time to foster deeper connections with loved ones, engage in activities you love, or simply enjoy moments of solitude. A break from constant digital stimulation can enhance mindfulness and reduce stress.
Alcohol is often part of celebratory gatherings, but mindful drinking is key. Be conscious of your alcohol intake and its effects on your body. Opt for moderation, alternating alcoholic drinks with water or non-alcoholic options. Before drinking, take one powder stick or shot of Recovery+. If you are drinking more heavily (looking at you NYE), take two servings.
Embracing your health during the holidays allows us to savor each moment while prioritizing our well-being. We want you to enter 2024 refreshed and renewed, not exhausted and drained! By keeping these simple tips in mind, you can set yourself up right for the new year and beyond. From all of us at COAST Health, we wish you a joyous holiday season!