It may be hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner! For some of us this means traveling to be with family in friends and for others it means hunkering down at home to celebrate, but wherever you are on the map it’s important to stay mindful and healthy during the holidays. That’s why I am here to share a few tips for staying healthy during the holidays that I’ve found helpful in hopes that they serve you too.
Pack the essentials and nothing more.
I was once one of those people who would pack half of my closet, all my full-sized toiletries, a few choices of shoes, and maybe every electronic possible for just a short trip. After a few kinks in my neck from carrying a heavy bag and a few trips leaving without souvenirs due to lack of space, I learned that as with most things less is more. When you’re packing your bag consider only packing things that are versatile and only what you really need. I always like to consider comfort when traveling but also include those pieces I can dress up and workout clothes!
Commit to your rituals.
Whether your routine consist of waking up in the morning sipping on matcha, journaling, and meditating or you wind down with hot tea and a book a night, it’s important to hold space for these rituals while you’re traveling. Maintaining structure over the holidays even if you’re on vacation will help to keep you energized and in good spirits. You can also invite your family members to join in on your morning or nightly rituals, it’s a fun way to share your lifestyle and maybe even inspire them to create some rituals of their own.
Eat mindfully, but still enjoy all the good stuff!
Don’t feel guilty for enjoying those yummy treats with your loved ones. Hell, eat two pieces of pumpkin pie if you’re feelin’ it! Remember, it’s all about balance!
Here are a few tips for mindful eating habits while in route:
-pack your own snacks for the flight or car ride
-stick to typical your diet as much as possible, especially if you have food restrictions
-fast while you’re on a flight (it’s okay to eat before and after)
These Matcha Energy Bliss Balls are some of my favorite snacks to pack!
Move your body.
The holiday season can be a really tough time to stay on top of your workout routine. Mark it on your calendar and commit to your workout, but also know that it’s okay to take this time to rest too if that’s what your body is telling you to do. It’s fun to have a family member or friend tag along too! My friend and I have already committed to trying out all the different studios while I am home for the holidays including Orange Theory and Zoom Cycling. Not to mention I am running a 5k! If you need a little more encouragement, check out my blog post 6 Tips to Help You Stay Motivated to Workout.
It’s important to stay hydrated while you’re traveling to your holiday destination as well as during the holiday festivities! Drinking lots of water will help you stay healthy and feeling great, not to mention how beneficial it is for your skin if it tends to suffer during these times!
Relax and be grateful!
This is a time to be grateful for your loved ones. Cherish the time you have with them and try your best to stay present. Don’t stress and a helpful little tip…avoid controversial topics including religion and politics. If the conversation does come up, share respect for one another’s views and beliefs.