Christmas: Staying in balance during the most wonderful time of the year
SAN DIEGO: The holidays and the Christmas season are the most wonderful time of the year for many Americans. However, it’s important to remain balanced. Celebratory times with friends and family can include indulgences on a variety of levels from overeating to overspending, just remember to pace yourself.
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
The 1963 song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” written by Edward Pola and George Wyle, expresses this sentiment beautifully. Along with the excitement of Christmas time comes an abundance of tasks such as holiday gift shopping, planning for events and get-togethers, responding to invitations and much more.
Individual stress levels can become heightened as the routine activities of life become temporarily multiplied in order to complete ever-expanding holiday to-do lists by Dec. 25.
The key to maintaining physical and emotional balance is to be honest about the most important personal priorities. Putting your agenda first will help you to be as stress-free as possible throughout the holidays Identify what is important to you:
- Those in your life that are most valued.
- The traditions held most dear.
- Where to spend time, whether at home, out of town, at a party, or small private gathering.
- How much money you have to spend, and staying within a budget.
Tips of staying healthy and happy
According to the recommendations of Dr. Leana Wen, the commissioner at Baltimore City Health Department, there are “Eight Tips for Staying Healthy and Happy During the Holidays.”
- Eat well by only indulging in moderation.
- Stay active and maintain an exercise program.
- Prevent illness and injuries by staying warm, washing hands frequently to prevent colds and flu, and paying attention to icy walkways.
- Check your heating system, ensuring that it operates safely, while also paying special attention to fireplaces, stoves and burning candles.
- Travel safely, whether it’s in your neighborhood or on the other side of the globe, allowing plenty of time for traffic and changing weather conditions.
- Reduce stress by balancing daily and holiday obligations, taking measures which ensure self-care.
- Help others by paying attention to signs of depression among family and friends; these are often brought on by the holidays.
- Give yourself a treat by getting some extra sleep, taking time off to relax and do something fun. Treat yourself to a pampering manicure or massage.
Most of all enjoy each and every joyous minute the holidays bring–especially the goodwill for which they are intended.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much mistletoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When loved ones are near.”
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!