It’s December and that means shorter days and longer nights filled with holiday parties and other engagements. Everything seems so exciting! But what about grief? Sometimes during the holidays, we’re stuck in grief due to recent losses, previous traumas, anniversaries, birthdays, and the realization that our lives right now might not be how we want them to be.
Keep on top of your emotions by managing what you eat and the amount of activity you’re getting. We know that what we eat can affect our mood and thoughts (try eating only cereal for three meals a day and you’ll know what I mean). We also know that exercising thirty minutes a day can help reduce anxiety and depression, not to mention reducing adding pounds on over the holidays!
The million-dollar question then seems to be: How do we eat well and exercise over the holidays? The answer doesn’t have to be the next feature-length Mission Impossible. Consider these tips/steps to take to keep active and eating right over the holidays:
One of the things I love about living in Colorado is that each season offers us different opportunities for exercise and eating! Summer is a time for being outside, enjoying fresh fruit and vegetable salads. For me, winter is a time of being inside, enjoying the warmth of family, friends, and food (with snowball fights and cross-country skiing sprinkled in there to keep things interesting). The key is to have balance in the process and to include moderation in the seasonal mix.
Happy holiday hopping!
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