Wellness Wednesday: Holiday Edition – 12/23/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
This year, the holiday season seems to have snuck up on all of us. Some of us may welcome it with open arms — a much needed distraction — while for others the holidays are not only overwhelming, but rather lonely, especially considering the ongoing pandemic that will limit, if not eradicate, social gatherings for many families this year. If you are part of the latter, please know that this is very common and that you are not alone.
This week, we’ve found some great tips from around the web for cultivating health in both the mind and body during the holiday season.
Mind Over Matter
During the holidays, it’s easy to assume physical fitness takes top priority considering the holiday treats we will inevitably consume. However, everything we do starts with our mindset. It may be especially difficult to feel positive even when television programs, songs and decorations are plastered with “joy.” If you are feeling this way, this is very normal. An informative article from Healthline reads: “Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the months of November and December may cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.”
When trying to absorb the best parts of the holiday season, consider your mental health. Johns Hopkins Medicine provides four simple steps to de-stress during the holidays that won’t take much time out of your day and include accepting imperfections and spreading simple acts of kindness. Moreover, take a quick break with this ten-minute mindfulness practice designed to defuse holiday stress. If you enjoy this meditation, or even have a mere interest in what meditation can do for you, check out this article from Mindful.org for more tips on maintaining resilience during this unique, socially distant holiday season.
Eat Healthy Without Stressing
Now, indulging during the holidays seems like something we simultaneously discuss, accept and fear at the same time. However, eating right does not need to add stress this year. Stanford Children’s health offers some timely tips for healthy eating during pandemic-conscious celebrations. From staying safe to encouraging kindness within oneself, these tips will help you enjoy the holiday safely, nutritionally and, hopefully, with more optimism.
For a detailed holiday eating guide, Eleat Sports Nutrition offers several pieces of advice that will ease your fear of gaining those extra holiday pounds. Included are words of advice on skipping meals, grazing and portion control, and offers ideas for simple substitutions you can make to make your meal that much more nutrition. Make sure you scroll to the bottom of the article to check out some holiday recipe ideas!
It is not doubt that of the many words and phrases we’ve exhausted this year —social distancing, coronavirus, six feet, remote — Zoom is at the top of that list. Though we may depend on Zoom to connect with our loved ones, it can become exhausting (especially when, like myself, your elderly relatives constantly inquire whether not I can see and hear them. Yes, Nana, I can see you just fine.) If you’ve had to up to here with Zoom as I have, Healthline offers six ways to stay social without a video call, which includes virtual book clubs, care packages and trying new recipes. Or, check out this article from Delish that provides 20 ways to celebrate the holidays safely.
Good Reads (& Watches)
As always, I leave you with some good reads from around the web that, if you’ve exhausted all options, will hopefully brighten your day if only for a moment or two.
Some Good News Holiday Special – John Krasinski is back for a special edition of his hit YouTube show that provides good news from around the world. Special cameos include George Clooney, Justin Timberlake and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — er, Dwanta Claus.
Santa’s Rein-does — An interesting article from Good News Network discusses the science behind Santa’s reindeer with a special discovery: that it is highly likely that all of the reindeer, except Rudolph, are actually females. Girl power!
If you need a pick-me-up today and don’t have the time for a full movie, I strongly encourage you to please enjoy a scene from my family’s favorite holiday movie, Home Alone (a scene that includes one of the best screams in cinema) here.