The holiday season is busy for everyone – buying gifts, taking trips, wondering where the time has gone… It doesn’t seem like the time of year to be trying to make your health a priority. It’s ok to acknowledge that your routines and healthy habits may slip a bit. Here are a few easy things to do to make sure you are taking care of your body while this year rounds down. Keep it simple now, so that you can pour your energy into 2017!
Proper sleep. During our sleep cycle our bodies release all kinds of vital hormones that help to build muscle and help our bodies recover. When we don’t sleep properly, these hormones aren’t released and therefore we don’t feel well rested. You can train your body to sleep better by planning bedtime a little earlier than normal. The best thing you can do is get in bed at least 30 minutes before the time you’d like to be asleep by. It takes time to unwind from the day. Be generous and give yourself that time. Also, try to turn off electronics an hour before you go to bed. It’s certainly cozy and tempting to lay in bed with your phone or watch a movie, but the light from your electronics the light on our phones, tablets, and computers trigger the brain into thinking it’s daytime and therefore time to be awake. Turning off all electronics at least one hour before bed could really improve your sleep habits. Try and make your room as dark and quiet as possible. When you’re lying in bed, practice quieting your mind. Breathe deeply and think of peaceful and positive thoughts, trying to let go of the stress from the day.
Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated will provide you with enormous amounts of energy as well as keeping you feeling and looking young and vibrant! Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. Your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Try drinking a large amount of water first thing in the morning, and continue to sip throughout the day and consume hydrating fruits and vegetables.
Movement. It’s hard to find time and energy to exercise when you’re busy over the holidays. That’s why classes are so great! You just need to arrive, and let the teacher guide you. No mental fuss about trying to figure out a work out. If you can fit in one or two classes during the week with a couple outdoor walks, that will be plenty to keep your body happy during this hectic time. Also, physical activity is directly correlated with mental health. When you engage in movement, your body produces endorphins. Endorphins are hormones produced in the brain that literally make you feel happy!
You can keep your stress levels at a minimum while still taking care of your body by intentionally making your health routine simple this holiday season. 2017 is right around the corner and you will be able to tackle your new goals and routines by keeping up with these simple tips in addition to the rest of your healthy lifestyle. Join us in the New Year for your regular classes – or try something new! Happy holidays.