Tips for the Holidays: Additional Activities & General Thoughts
Our final holiday post includes some fun activities to help take the focus off of food as well as some general thoughts to keep in mind. As we close out our three part holiday tip series, we wanted to offer some non-food focused fun and some tips to keep you healthy through this busy season and beyond. If you missed them, here is part 1 and part 2.
Additional Activities for Enjoying the Holidays!
- Challenge yourself to find activities that don’t focus on food. It will help you be able to relax and enjoy this time of year.
- Relax and enjoy down time.
- Spend time with people who love and care about you.
- Enjoy craft fairs.
- Go out and look at lights and holiday decorations.
- Attend holiday concerts and plays.
- Babysit for someone so they can shop.
- Participate in local charity events to celebrate giving back to the community.
- Find out what’s going on around town. Look in the local newspaper to get fun holiday ideas.
- Purchase or make a gift for someone who is less fortunate than you.
- Enjoy the winter season. Go ice skating, have snowball fights, or make a snow sculpture in your yard.
General Ideas to Keep in Mind (for the holidays and beyond):
- Get enough sleep and rest.
- Don’t forget about other coping mechanisms (yoga, deep breathing, relaxation imagery, journaling etc).
- Choose to move in mindful and moderate ways. This might be a good time for a peaceful leisure walk under the stars with a loved one instead of a frenetic exercise class.
- Flexibility in your thoughts is what you’re striving for. Learn to be less critical in guidelines for yourself and in expectations for others. Strive for progress, not perfection.
- Overbooking and overstressing yourself will only lead to unhelpful coping strategies. Cut down on unnecessary events and obligations and leave time for relaxation, contemplation, reflection, and enjoying the small but important things in life.
The holidays come and go every year. You can and will survive!
Wishing you joy and love. Happy Holidays!