Thanks to everyone who joined and followed our healthy holiday photo challenge! Wishing you a happy and healthy new year.
Gratitude – Gratitude can reduce stress/anxiety and improve relationships.
Colors – Quick and healthy holiday appetizer: colorful veggies and hummus.
Evergreen – Sneak some exercise into your day: use the season as an excuse to go for a walk and take in the holiday decorations.
Prioritize – Trying to “do it all” is a common cause of holiday stress. Focus on the things that are most important to you – anything else is bonus.
This makes me happy – Taking time to do something you enjoy (any time of year) helps reduce stress.
Relax – Research shows listening to your favorite music can help you relax.
Healthy Swap – Steamed fresh or frozen green beans are a healthy side dish alternative to green bean casserole.
Exercise – Sneak some exercise into your holiday shopping by doing an extra lap around the mall.
Breathe – When the holiday cheer starts getting to be too much, try a mini meditation like this one from the Benson-Henry Institute.
Peace – Remember to take time for activities (yoga, meditation, even a walk outside with family) that help you unwind and find peace.
Hydrate – Keep a water bottle nearby to remind you to sip water through the day.
Moderation – Using a smaller plate at meal time can help with portion control.
Decorate – Multitask to fit in some fitness: turn up the holiday music and dance while you decorate.
Sports – Winter activities like sledding, skiing, ice skating or making a snow man are great ways to exercise outside with family in winter.
Unplug – Putting away phones and other devices for a time can reduce stress and help you feel more connected with loved ones.
Light – Happy #Hanukkah! Enjoy this sweet potato pancake recipe from MGH Be Fit.
Minimize – Over scheduled? It’s okay to say no! Only take the commitments you want/can do.
Sleep – Stick with your regular sleep routine during the holidays.
Something I enjoy – There’s so much to do during the holidays, but be sure to plan some fun activities too!
Mindfulness – Choose foods you really want to eat and focus on the taste and texture of each bite.
Fun and games – Plan family activities that take the focus away from food.
Fresh – Buying produce in season is a great way to save on fruits and veggies. DYK – Brussels sprouts (in season now) are a source of vitamin C?
Anything you like – Finding a way to laugh (like a surprise visit by a cute puppy) is a great way to relieve holiday stress.
Act of kindness – Research shows simple acts of kindness can reduce stress levels. These gifts were wrapped as part of a charity toy drive.
Healthy treats – Don’t go to the party hungry! Have a healthy snack (like a handful of nuts) before you leave the house.
Cranberry – DYK cranberries are a good source of vitamin C? Try them in this recipe from the MGH Be Fit program: Parmesan Almond Crusted Chicken Breast Stuffed with Cauliflower and Dried Cranberries.
Positive vibes – A positive outlook will help with coping with challenges you may face during the holidays.
Memories – Remembering loved ones who aren’t there is helpful in bringing the family together. H/t MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds.
Tradition – As you take part in holiday traditions, take a deep breath and savor the moment.
Community – Schedule “together time” with those you most want to see during the holidays.