Posted on December 12, 2014
5 Tips for Holiday Wellness – by Sarah Wengert
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As a healthcare provider, you are no stranger to stressful environments. But that doesn’t mean you’re immune to the physical and mental pressures presented this time of year. Before, during, and after the stress and fanfare of the Holiday season it’s especially important to manage and protect your health!
Here are 5 tips for Holiday wellness — both mental and physical — that I hope will be useful as you experience and ultimately rebound from the mixed bag of nuts that is the Holidays!
- Avoid (and/or Recover From) Excess
It’s the Holidays, and you are surrounded by food and drink everywhere you go. It is stressful enough this time of year without waking up one day to the realization that none of your pants fit! While it’s OK and totally normal to indulge this time of year, do keep in mind that you don’t have to accept every cookie or cocktail that comes your way. Pick and choose your favorites and practice saying no here and there, and if you indulged a little too much, that’s OK — just make a clear plan to recover your sense of moderation, tomorrow or even in the New Year.
One thing you don’t need to go easy on is water. Winter is drying, both inside and out. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Sure, you can enjoy a stray glass of eggnog or soda, but don’t operate under the impression that just any beverage is hydrating. In fact, many are just the opposite. Be sure to get your full eight glasses of water a day in, and match every alcoholic drink with a glass of water. Ingesting plenty of water is key to keeping your entire body healthy — and you will feel better, too.
Nowadays we all have a real fear of missing out if we’re not keeping up with our email or various social media feeds all day every day. Take the opportunity to put down your technology. One of the sadder sights in the world is a roomful of friends and family all ignoring each other as they slowly scroll and click into oblivion.
Anything that you can streamline or simplify this time of year, please do! Most people want everything to be just perfect and will work, cook, shop, and stress themselves to the bone to achieve that. But how perfect is a Holiday really with all that added angst? Remember this old saying: “Keep it simple, make it fun.”
- Live in the Moment — and Enjoy It!
Sure, the Holidays and their aftermath can mean a lot of stress, frustration, and extra money spent. But it’s important to take time to recognize and enjoy the wonderful, life-affirming aspects of the season. Take a moment to pause and reflect on the joy, friends, family, and all of the other good things that surround you!
Do you have any valuable pointers to share? Feel free to add on to these 5 tips for Holiday wellness by sharing yours in the comments. Happy Holidays, all!
About the Author: Sarah Wengert is a blogger for Travel Nursing Blogs.com, a resource and entertainment site for past, present and future Travel Nurses. She’s also the Creative Content Writer at Medical Solutions, a pet-friendly, top Travel Nurse company. Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking, and singing along to the car radio like no one is watching.