Holiday Countdown!

The Holiday Countdown Has Started! 

Are You Ready? 

The holidays are here and celebrations will bring over-consumption, over-spending, and over-commercialization.

Tips for the Holiday Season:

 

  • It is orange season from November to March.  Eat a fresh orange and get your vitamin C and some extra fiber.
  • Try some Yoga.  It has many proven health benefits AND it stands up to other forms of exercise.  According to researchers, those who practiced yoga showed greater improvements in mood and anxiety than those who had an established walking routine.  And let’s face it; we need improvement in mood and the anxiety attached to it during the holidays! 
  • If you eat eggs – examine each one before you buy that carton.  Store them in coldest part of the fridge which is the back of the lowest shelf.  And wash your hands after cracking them.
  • Cook your fresh chicken or turkey to 180 degrees at the thickest part usually the thigh.  Always sanitize the areas where you have handled raw poultry and wash your hands!
  • Wash each leaf of even the “triple-washed” lettuce.  Lettuce accounted for 11% of reported food poisoning.
  • While nuts are an excellent source of protein, they are high in calories – around 15 walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc…contain around 170 to 200 calories.

Helpful Hints for Holiday Depression

The holidays can be especially difficult with days and nights filled with parties, celebrations, and social gatherings with family and friends.  These times can also be filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness, and anxiety.  The loss of a loved one can create an increased sense of loneliness during the holiday season.  Often, we feel bombarded with the season beginning as early as late summer.  By the time we think we are ready for the holidays, so many items needed are out of stock, picked over, and next season is now on display.  We get so easily overwhelmed with the burden of budgets, lists, a jammed calendar, decorating, cooking, and buying.  Anxiety and stress begins to weigh us down as well as the additional calories of holiday eating. 

Ways to Prevent “The Blues”

  • Learn to say no.  Your friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project.  If you have to work overtime, try to remove something from your agenda to make up the time.
  • Prioritize your list of things to do.  Delegate when you can – do not take on more than you can handle.
  • Try something new – especially if you have lost a loved one recently.  However, remember it is normal to feel sadness and grief and it is ok to express those feelings.
  • Watch your holiday spending – often it is not the amount of the gift but way it is delivered.
  • Limit your consumption of alcohol.  Excessive drinking will increase feelings of depression.
  • Keep up an exercise routine.  Get out even on cold days – don’t hibernate. 
  • Look at the New Year calendar as a clean blank slate.  Think of the your direction this new year.
  • Give of yourself – Volunteer!  You will help others and lift your own sprits!

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