5 Ways to Stay Healthy & Happy This Holiday Season

Christmas is just around the corner! I used to travel during the holiday season, but this year… I’ll stay at home.

Due to the pandemic, so many people will stay at home. (maybe not having a traditional holiday) It can be challenging to enjoy the holiday for most of us, including me.

Here are 5 tips from health experts to stay healthy + happy this holiday season.

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#1 Coming Together (at a distance)

Limit your gatherings is the best way to stop spreading. But it’s a holiday. Grandpa & grandma are maybe exciting to see their grandchildren if they live far away. Not only grandparents but friends, we are all so excited to see each other because it can be once a year thing.

Well, then… what we do?

Amanda Leggett, Ph.D., of the U-M department of psychiatry suggests thinking about what are the traditions that are important to your family and friends that you can hold onto in a virtual way. Some suggestions include:

  • Having an ugly sweater party over Zoom or some other friendly competition.
  • Taking time to write a letter to a friend or have a phone call with someone you haven’t talked to in a while.”

Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. I’ll visit one of my friend’s house on Animal Crossing. LOL

Animal Crossing is a social simulation video game series developed and published by Nintendo. You can build and decorate your own island as well as the house. If you have a Wi-fi connection, you can invite or visit friends. Take advantage of virtual communication!

#2 Focus on Nutritious Foods

Believe it or not, nutrition can have a huge impact on your state of well-being, especially a positive mindset.

However, some people adopt unhealthy eating and drinking patterns during stay-at-home order. Can you guess why?

Dr. Suzanne Phelan, a public health professor at California Polytechnic State University explained that “When people are faced with any kind of distressing experience, they turn to highly palatable foods packed with fats and sugars for comfort.”

Ummm, maybe that why I eat an unbelievable amount of chocolate before the due date…

Well, we can develop healthy eating habits little by little. Maybe start from healthy snacking, here are some ideas:

  • Mixed nuts
  • Greek yogurt and mixed berries
  • Apple slices with peanut butter
  • Celery sticks with cream cheese
  • Dark chocolate and almonds
  • Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella
  • Pear slices with ricotta cheese
  • Cucumber slices with hummus

Fruits make an excellent healthier snack! And also, some fruits contain vitamin C a lot and it will strengthen your immune systems. I eat Golden kiwi every morning for vitamin C.

#3 Sleep Better

Quality of sleep is important than long hours of sleep and it will directly affect your mental and physical health. Make your bed as comfy as possible. Silk pillowcase, deep sleep pillow spray, comfortable pajamas, right mattress for you, air purifier, these maybe improve your quality of sleep!

#4 Holiday Exercise Challenge

Try a holiday fitness challenge or explore new types of exercise at home! I use a habit tracker to build my exercise routine. (it really helps)

I know you have a busy holiday schedule, but 10-minute mini-workouts DO work more than enough. It builds muscle, boosts metabolism as well as easy to fit into your busy holiday schedule. Perfect!

YouTube has a lot of videos about 10-minute mini-workouts and/or 10-minute Yoga lessons. Start from the easy one! Build workouts routine little by little. Remember, DO EVERY DAY is more important than hard workouts.

#5 Keep the Kids Active

Kids tend to have less time to play and move around during stay-at-home as well as the temperature drops. Arcare recommended fun activities like yoga, dance battles, jump roping, etc. I think crafting and cooking can be great activities too!

Wrapping Up

Plan new activities focused on connection, healthy foods, good sleep, exercise, and fun! Normal holiday activities will look different this year, but we can still enjoy Christmas (:

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