With Christmas and Hannukah just around the corner, many people turn the entire month of December into a time of feasting and celebration! However, this does not become a time of continued celebration for everyone because some people lose focus on their mental health awareness and self-care practices.

We become so engulfed with the joy of the holidays and our focus on the celebration along with making our loved ones happy, that we sometimes forget to put the needed focus on our mental and physical well-being. As a quick fix, New Year’s resolutions often attempt to address the problem, but never the root cause. Let’s examine how to maintain a healthy balance for your mind, body, and spirit during the Christmas and Hannukah holidays.

Focusing on Mental Health During the Winter Holidays

A Health Balance to Get Through Christmas and Hannukah

It’s possible to achieve a healthy balance between your feelings or emotions and expectations for what a well-rounded holiday season looks like. Follow these tips that ensure you’re well-focused on your mental health while getting through the holidays of Christmas and Hannukah this year!

  1. Don’t Forget to Exercise – Working out and staying active during the holidays becomes even more imperative. This ensures that you burn those extra calories, maintain your weight, prevent stress, and maintain good mental health. Find time with your busy routine to incorporate any sort of physical activity, such as working out, stretching, walking, or yoga.
  2. Stay Hydrated – Drinking enough water ensures that you stay hydrated and prevent dehydration from consuming salty holiday foods. If you drink before meals, you will also prevent overeating. This tip is even more important to remember if you are traveling during the holidays since people tend to forget to drink water, leading to dehydration.
  3. Get Enough Sleep – The holidays can be the busiest times of the year for us. However, no matter what, you must try to get enough sleep; otherwise, it will lead to many harmful effects. For example, it will make you feel tired all the time and lead to overconsumption of food since tiredness makes us hungrier. Moreover, lack of sleep also negatively impacts mental health.
  4. Make Plans and Schedule Your Day – Before you begin your day, it would be helpful to plan out and schedule it. This will help you stay on track with all the tasks that need to be done and help you plan out how you can squeeze in physical exercise and sleep. Overall, having a game plan during the holidays will help you track your activity level and calorie intake and help you stay organized.
  5. Enjoy a Day of Indulgence – It is easy for people to form a pattern of unhealthy eating during the holidays. However, if you set aside only one day for indulging and eating, this would be far better than spending the entire holidays avoiding food or overindulging. One day will not break your health plans or lead to weight gain.
  6. Take a Moment for Yourself – Stress is common during the holidays. It can lead to poor sleep, not wanting to exercise, and even overeating. Not to mention, this is the time of the year when you tend to forget to give yourself time. This is why you should take time out every day for yourself to reset your mind, breathe, or indulge in self-care. This can tremendously help with maintaining good mental health.
  7. Deepen Your Connections and Relationships – The holidays are the perfect time to deepen all your connections and relationships with friends and family. This emotional nurturance can be pretty helpful for not just your mental health but that of others as well. It can allow you to take care of each other, feel satisfied, and take the burden of stress off.
  8. Take Time to Rest – Lastly, you must not forget to take a break and rest during the holidays. Since it is typically quite cold this time of the year, physical exertion can also lead you to develop colds and flu. Hence, take time to rest and recharge your mental and physical batteries.

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