Without self-care, by the end of the Christmas and New Year frivolities, you may be feeling a bit like the Grinch! Make time to treat yourself and maybe take advantage of all the sales. But don’t just buy any old things — look for items that can specifically help you improve your overall physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
Find Time for Fitness
While your schedule may be full of fun holiday events, it’s important to make room for exercise no matter how many obligations you have to meet. Daily exercise is essential for mental, physical, and emotional health. Making room to get moving during this stressful season helps reduce any of the anxiety you might experience. Furthermore, the mood-boosting properties of little and often exercise can help you combat winter depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). As Lifehacker blogger Beth Skwarecki notes, the weeks leading up to the New Year are actually “the best time to start working out.”
When it’s cold and dark out, you don’t necessarily want to strap on your running shoes and hit the pavement. Now could be the best time to try out some new workouts and classes online. We have a brand new Sleek Ballet Fitness App just about to launch in the Apple and Googel Play App stores. Our easy to access, no equipment workouts will shape your body and lift your spirits, all in the comfort of your own home! And for Sleek live group online classes, you can also get still the buzz of working out with other whist alone in your living room. If you still feel you need to be in a studio to get motivated then perhaps try a multi-studio fitness membership so you can find a studio you want to commit to before January 1st.
Nourish the Body
Soup is good for the soul, but that’s not the only reason you’ll want to break out the crockpot this season. Since holiday parties are full of fatty foods and sugary treats, it’s a good idea to balance your diet with lighter fare during your other meals. A hot mug of soup warms you up from the inside on the coldest winter nights, but it doesn’t have to be heavy to do so. There are tons of lighter soups that are full of flavor, but light on calories, sodium, and fat. Try out some new recipes, or make your favorite ones healthier with the tips below.
- Use low-fat or non-fat dairy products.
- Try replacing sour cream with Greek yogurt.
- If there’s sugar in the recipe, reduce the amount by one-third.
- Avoid white pasta and choose whole grain pasta blends instead.
- Choose lean proteins like chicken or turkey over fatty beef or pork.
- Use plenty of seasonings to make your soup flavorful without excess salt.
- Always add a touch of acid to bring out other flavors in your soup.
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Make Room for Mindfulness
Meditation is the practice of focusing one’s attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness. Many of the most successful people in the world credit meditation as something that improves their productivity, creativity, and business acumen. Regular meditation reduces stress, controls anxiety, promotes emotional health, enhances self-awareness, lengthens your attention span, reduces memory loss, generates kindness, reduces cravings, improves sleep, reduces pain, and decreases blood pressure.
If you want to start your own practice, it helps to have a designated area in your home where you can meditate that’s free from distractions. The holidays are the perfect time to outfit your very own space. Why not put a few of the things you need on your Christmas list?
- Aromatherapy tools
- Blackout curtains
- Floor pillows
- Mini Zen garden
To round up
To keep yourself from burning out before the new year, make sure you practice self-care for your physical, mental, and emotional health. If you find the holidays stressful, there is no better time to try a bit of meditation, if the colder, darker days of winter discourage you from getting out to exercise, then stay in and get Sleeking! And definitely balance the decadent Christmas food and drink with healthy, warming soups or check out a whole host of clean eating recipes in our upcoming Sleek nutrition plan.