Have a Jolly Holiday Season

The seasons are changing, travel plans are piling, and family is visiting; the holiday season can be a particularly stressful time. If you do not take care of yourself, physically and mentally, it is going to affect your mood. Self care, in general, is extremely important to remain happy and healthy all year round, especially during the end of the year. If you would like to know more about the tips I use to remain jolly during the holiday season, please keep reading.

Take Care of Your Body

If you want to be happy and healthy mentally, you have to be happy and healthy physically. The holiday season can make it difficult to find time to go to the gym and the colder months make outdoor activities less inviting. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be the healthiest you can be during this time of year, especially considering all of the holiday goodies that are offered, but try to be active a little bit everyday.

If going to the gym or taking a class doesn’t fit in your schedule or isn’t your thing, maybe do a ten minute yoga flow at some point during your day. Try going on walks with your dog. Get some friends together to go roller skating or bowling. Something as simple as stretching once every day helps my mood stay uplifted and it also allows me time to listen to my body.

This time of year means I am always on the go and, often times, my body needs extra care. The cold weather is hard on my joints and I always seem to have a case of the sniffles. Try not to ignore the signs your body gives you. If you are feeling extra sore or you feel like you might be getting sick, go to a doctor. Do research for DIY or at-home remedies. Your body worked hard to get you to the end of the year so make sure you take care of it.

Be Mindful

I feel it is easier to recognize when I am happy and in a good mood. However, when I am cranky, annoyed, depressed, or in any other negative mood, I don’t always realize until it seems like it’s too late. I find that trying to be mindful of my moods helps me to get out of the negative ones quicker.

For example, I know that if I haven’t eaten or slept well, I am eventually going to become cranky. Because I am mindful of this, I try to eat well and frequently enough and I try to sleep as routinely as possible. Sometimes I am unable to do so. Being a server means my hours are rather hectic and, of course, I have a life outside of work so, sometimes, an all-nighter is needed to accomplish everything. When this happens, I make sleep my number one priority. I will change plans if necessary, sleep a whole day away, do whatever it takes to get me back to the happiest and healthiest I can be.

​The winter months can be especially difficult, depending on where you live, because you might spend less time in the sun. Talk to your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement to make up for the lack of sunshine in your life. The effect it has on your mood may make a world of a difference.

Being mindful of how I spend my time and whether or not I am taking care of myself helps my mood tremendously. I also find it helpful during this season to remind myself that soon the new year will start and I will have the chance to refresh, restart, and welcome a new year

The holiday season can be an exciting and loving time. Taking care of yourself physically and mentally will help make it more likely for you to have a have a happy, healthy, and jolly holiday season.

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