Many people look forward to Christmas every year. Gathering with friends and family, sharing memories and exchanging presents is what the festive season is all about. However, the holidays can often spark anxiety within you, as your routine is suddenly somewhat different. You’re suddenly surrounded by lots of people and there is luxurious food around you all day, everyday. If you want to stay healthy in a physical and psychological way this Christmas, there are a few things you can do to make your holidays happy, comfortable and memorable this year.
Feel the Fresh Air
There is nothing quite like getting some fresh air during the holidays; feeling the warm breeze and sunshine on your face is wonderful for your physical and mental health. Going for a walk on Christmas Day is not only great exercise, but it is also an enjoyable family activity too. Aim to walk for thirty to forty minutes each day over the festive season and you will have banked some precious exercise with minimal effort at all.
Enjoy, But Don’t Over Indulge
Everyone knows that the food during the festive season is to die for. Many people go on diets before Christmas so that they can “eat whatever they want” when the day comes. Eating too much can make you feel uncomfortable, bloated and it can cause long term health damage too. Steer clear from too many salty or sweet treats. Enjoy the delicious vegetables that come with your Christmas dinner and indulge in the occasional festive dessert. A healthy balance of food over Christmas will keep you feeling healthy and prevent that lethargic feeling from creeping in.
Forget January Crash Diets
If you do overindulge over Christmas, try not to be too hard on yourself. Avoid January quick fixes as much as possible and find a healthy balance if you can. Don’t starve yourself or start exercising too vigorously. You will quickly go back to old habits and may even feel worse afterwards. Seek advice from a health professional if you are worried about your weight or eating habits.
During the Christmas holidays it can be very easy to be drawn into the picture perfect social media stories and images. Try to be present with your loved ones and enjoy every moment. Be grateful for everything you have and don’t compare yourself to others online.
Avoid Overwhelming Situations
If certain family members make you feel uncomfortable, then don’t put your mental health at risk for them. Steer clear from situations that may trigger anxiety or panic attacks. Confide in someone you trust and enjoy the holiday season with people who make you feel completely at ease.
Try to put some of the above advice into action this festive season. If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed or lonely, there are many things you can do to counteract these emotions. Take care of your body and mind this Christmas; enjoy this special time of year with the people who love you the most.