The parties! The reunions with family and friends! The feasting! The traveling! Navigating the holidays while maintaining optimum energy and health takes a little extra planning, but you’ll know it’s worth the effort as you sail through the season balanced in body, mind and spirit.
First, pay attention to your physical needs. Be mindful of the basic energy boosters – staying hydrated, and getting at least 7 or 8 hours of deep sleep every night. Keep some nourishing snacks with you to power you through demanding days. You can whip up a big batch of healthy trail mix in advance by dehydrating almonds and organic fruit, then storing the mix in an air-tight container. Nibble on that when you feel your energy start to ebb.
Dark leafy greens, frozen berries and almond milk smoothies are perfect for a power-packed breakfast or a satisfying between-meal treat to keep you going.
A positive, happy attitude is essential for keeping your energy up. The quickest fix for a mental slump is several deep, conscious breaths. Bright colors also immediately brighten your mood, so wearing or decorating with brilliant reds, yellows and greens will boost everyone’s spirits.
Introduce new traditions. For those family gatherings or parties with friends, make it a point to learn one new, interesting thing about as many people there as possible. Kicking off the conversation with something like, “Please tell me something positive about you that not many people know” can spark many fascinating discussions and enrich relationships.
On a spiritual level, simply being in the company of those you love is an automatic energy booster. Amp up the good feelings by suggesting an opportunity to do something kind for others – find a place to volunteer, write a thankyou note to a favorite teacher or mentor, or drop off healthy food at a homeless shelter.
Staying in gratitude throughout the season also boosts your energy on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
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