“The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order.” – Henry Ward Beecher
As we move into the holiday season, it is important to remember to take care of ourselves. Making our physical needs a priority can be especially challenging this time of year with changes in routine as well as tempting food and drink options. Here are tips for making the most of the season without setting yourself back:
- Choose some, not all: Cooking or baking together is a time-honored tradition for many, but making intentional selections allows you to maintain a consistent meal routine without denying yourself special holiday dishes.
- Make time for exercise: You’ve worked hard all year to continue moving, and sticking to these habits helps to manage stress and keep your momentum without losing progress. Even if it means making a change of plans, budgeting some time for yourself will make a meaningful difference.
- Fuel your body and brain: The most effective way to stay balanced, both mentally and physically, is to listen to your body’s cues. If you have a headache, feel stressed, or become grumpy, eating a balanced meal or snack is usually enough to provide your brain and body with fuel to maintain your blood sugar and equalize mood and perceived stress. Think about choosing foods rich in protein and complex carbohydrates, and don’t forget to sprinkle in some healthy fats.