It’s that time of the year when all around the world, all thoughts are given to the Holiday planning. Whether it be decorating, meal preparations, event planning or just trying to line up your Chakras, everyone in their own way seems to be getting ready for The Holidays. Here’s a few tips for your reading enjoyment.
Approach The Season With Fresh Eyes
Do you ever get in that Holiday rut with the way you view the happenings around you? We’ve all said it, “Walmart is already putting up Christmas things and October is barely behind us.” It’s that same ole’-same ole’ mentality that we often get caught up in. Instead of focusing on things of this nature, sometimes we need to take time to see the surrounding beauty be it inner or outer in things or people.
Break At Least One Bad Habit
We ALL have them !! They say it takes at least thirty days to incorporate a good habit. Some interesting theories to try when trying to break a bad habit might be:
- Focus on one at a time
- Find your “trigger”
- Scold yourself each time you continue to do them
- Don’t overwhelm yourself – Go Slow – little steps of changes
- Spend a few weeks preparing yourself mentally before making changes
- Remind yourself often not to repeat bad habits
- Find a very good reason to quit
- Maybe a change of environment is in order
- When you have a relapse – circle the wagons and figure out why
- Teach yourself to have a more positive thought process
- Be nice to yourself
- Be Patient
Cleanse Your Winter Skin
First, let’s talk about dry skin. It’s a good idea to keep showers or baths short and don’t use hot water; lukewarm is better.
You’ll want to use a gentler soap or body wash preferably with some hydration qualities such as Cerave Hydrating Body Wash; it can be purchased several places, but if you’re like me and order it online then I would recommend Amazon.
For those of us who have really dry skin, it’s recommended to only wash your face once a day and don’t rub your skin when drying – just pat it with a towel.
Always follow through with a moisturizer, you may need to apply it several times a day to for your skin to feel replenished. And again, I know there are lots out there, but I would recommend the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream as it seems to have the best overall rating for: Aging Skin, Sensitive Skin, Dry Acne Prone Skin and it has the best value.
Now, let’s talk about how to care for Oily Skin:
- Wash your face twice a day – perhaps a creamy face wash would work better than a harsh medicated cleanser
- Exfoliate often – usually about three times a week to help keep out the dirt and excess oils
- As for applying moisturizers, water-based is encouraged to keep your skin from becoming increasingly oily.Neutrogena and Olay have some really good ones.
- Try to stay away from oily foods and of course always hydrate with water as much as you can.
- Use a water-based sunscreen when needed and not oil-based
Pre-Detox For The Holidays
- Change all beverages with water
- You’ll want to stay away from highly processed foods and sweeteners that contain alcohol sugars in them
- Be sure to pick the fruits and veggies that won’t make you feel bloated
- So even though we all need our Carbs, it’s a good idea to cut them out for a day or two and focus on lean proteins and green veggies
- When you chew your food, do it slower to allow for easier digestion and try not to talk whilst chewing as too much air might get into your digestive track causing bloating
- Cut out your salt intake
- Be mindful of your portions
Express Your Gratitude
While we all should be grateful for our health and well-being, there are other things to remember to be thankful for as well.
I believe that when we have a heart of gratitude daily, more positivity tends to be drawn our direction. Sometimes I start off with just being grateful for the simplest of things such as: the air I breathe, the roof over my head, the monies I am allowed to have, the clothes and food I’m fortunate to have. I could go on and on but the point is, stop and remember to be grateful for what even the smallest of things in our lives – it can’t hurt.
Fill Your House With Scents
Oh the smells of Fall and Winter and everything that goes with it! I remember when I was a little girl, going to my Grandmother’s house and smelling all the scents of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Oh how I cherish those memories …
I miss the smell of her home-cooked meals during those days, the chicken and dressing baking in the oven, the sweet smell of chocolate, coconut, pecan, cherry and lemon pies. Ah yes, and my favorite … her homemade coconut cake which some of us hid pieces of it in the cupboard so we could take it home with us later. 😉
The best smell of all is Grandma’s homemade yeast rolls !!! Oh what I wouldn’t give to have those again …
Since I’m now in a new home and all my kids are grown and I’m awaiting the arrival of more grand babies in the near future, I want to put out my scentsy warmer and wax melts. Amazon has some pretty delicious smelling ones out there such as: Scentsy Blueberry Cheesecake, Wickless Candle Tart Warmer Wax and Scentsy Vanilla Bean Buttercream, Wickless Candle Tart Warmer just to name a couple. Talk about putting you in the mood to bake for the holidays 🙂 Check’em out !
Give More Than You Recieve
Now I don’t know about you, but I always feel better when I give more than I receive, especially when giving to those of us that are less fortunate. It doesn’t take much and it’s good for the soul so to speak. Whatever talents you have, turn that in to gift giving. Now I like to paint so I’m likely to give my paintings as gifts to family and friends. Be thoughtful in your giving as you never know how much you touch someone else’s life.
There are always those people around us that have needs that we are not aware of, so be kind and give a helping hand.
Ways you can do this are:
- Anonymously buy the car behind you their lunch for the day
- Share a coffee with someone on a cold winter day
- If you know someone who is struggling to make ends meet, maybe pay their electric just once so they can afford Christmas
- Feed a family for Thanksgiving
Invite Someone to a Holiday Event
With all the holiday hustle and bustle and events happening, there are those who can’t or won’t for whatever reason many places. It could be that they are lonely, depressed or just don’t have many friends. You never know what someone might be going through and one event just might make a difference in their lives.
I bet you’re wondering about how filling your house with scents, giving more than you receive, helping others and inviting someone to a Holiday Event could be a “Healthy Holday Habit”. Well, it all boils down to being more positive which leads to a healthier YOU. So, take time for yourself and “Just Breathe”
Know Your Limits
It’s easy to get caught up in “Yes” mode. You may be a part of various groups and activities during the holidays. There’s only so much one person can do, so don’t overload yourself as that can lead to stressful situations – remember staying healthy is our goal.
Listen To What’s Around You
If you don’t have a clue what to do or get someone for the holidays, just listen to what they say, what matters to them, Sometimes, all it takes is listening with your heart.
The heart can hear what the ears cannot.
Make Time For Yourself
Don’t be in such a rush during the holidays that you forget to make time for yourself. Just having that “Me time” works wonders. Find some quiet time, sit by a fire and read a book or do whatever it is that makes you feel calm. Then once you have “recharged your batteries”, you can continue on your quest.
Netflix Baby !
Speaking of ways to Relax !! There are a lot of great TV shows and movies on Netflix. Ever bing-watched a series? This would be a perfect time to lay back and bing watch some oldies. What are some of your faves?
This will definitely put you in the holiday spirit !
Out With The Old – In With The New
If you’re like me, we all most likely have those old tried and true traditions that will never die. (and that’s a good thing) However, life is constantly changing and new people come in our lives and with that brings New Traditions. So, even though you’ve done something the same ole’ way for years, try adding something new to the mix and see what happens.
How many of you out there are procrastinators? I have to admit that I sometimes lean that direction in different areas in my life. I am however learning to prepare early for the different seasons. Now I like to look on Facebook to watch those videos that show you tips and tricks of how to do creative, time saving, crafty things that can make my life easier.
Quench Your Thirst …
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water !! I know that during the holidays there are a variety of drinks we will consume, such as anything alcoholic along with coffees, punches and soft drinks. Just be mindful that your body needs to purge some of those things out of us so what better than good ole’ water. ( you should check out Kangen water at www.enagic.com)
There will probably be late nights of activities that might include Christmas Plays, Ice Skating, Shopping, Dinners with Friends etc… Before you know it your body will be saying ” SLEEP” … Just don’t forget to get your rest.
Share With Others
Remember those videos I was speaking of that show you the DIY things to make … sometimes you might want to point other’s in the right direction, especially if they are not naturally creative. Or, if you make one item for your decoration for your house, make an extra and give it to someone. It’ll brighten their day and make you feel good as well.
Take Lots of Holiday Photos
Pics ! Pics ! Pics !
It’s SO much fun to look back at old photos of holidays past and reminisce. Life is too short NOT to savor those memories.
Technology has made it easier than ever to take and save pics and videos of your special loved ones.
Often times, people just need a kind word, someone that will listen to them. Be that someone and take the time to uplift those that might be having difficulties during the holidays. It just might be that they lost someone dear to them and they just need to know that someone cares.
Try volunteering at a homeless shelter in the area where you live. I know in the Hospice where I work, we have volunteers that go visit patients weekly. Especially during the holidays, gifts are taken of things they need; some of them have no family. Makes a person humble real quick ….
What Holiday Food No-No’s Should You Avoid?
Let me just start by saying that I KNOW we are not going to stay away from the holiday foods but what we CAN do is make smarter choices. For example, instead of eating Pecan Pie which has 500 calories, 37 grams of fat and 27 grams of sugar, we might want to opt for a dessert with fewer calories and fat and sugar intake such as: 298 calories, 8 grams of fat and you reap the benefits from the fiber.
Another biggie to steer clear from would be The Cheesecake. This delectable dessert can have up to 707 calories :-0, however you can opt for a low-fat version with alternative ingredients which turns it in to a 245 calorie dream .. Now that’s more like it !
It’s not just the main foods that you need to watch out for as far as the calories, beware of this culprit that seems innocent enough: Cranberry Sauce – it may have Vitamin E, K, C and dietary fiber in it but contains 105 grams of sugar which is over four times the amount that the AHA recommends per day for women. This adds over 400 calories to your plate. Geez !!! So be smart and choose fresh fruit for the topping of that turkey.
There are a plethora of other alternative recipes that are much healthier to indulge in, so I challenge you to be a little creative with the food you are putting into your bodies – your bodies will thank you for it.
X-tra Tips …
- Wash your hands frequently – No one wants to get sick
- Manage your tasks early and break them up into weeks
- Delegate tasks- this allows you some breathing room
- Stay on Budget – And don’t feel guilty about it
- Don’t worry or fret if your house isn’t decked out like “The Jones’ Next Door” – you’re not trying to impress them :-0
- Limit your Holiday Obligations – Don’t agree to what doesn’t fit into your schedule
You Never Knew …
- 3,473 is the number of the largest gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters on December 19, 20015
- 559 is the number of the largest lit Christmas Trees on November 2, 2015
- 6,400 is the number of jelly doughnuts (“soufganiyot”, in Hebrew) stacked 12 foot high on the first night of Hanukkah of 1997
- In Italy on Christmas Eve – an ugly but kind witch known as Befana (giver of gifts) is celebrated and on January 6, children will find treats and toys in their stockings
- Japanese don’t celebrate Christmas but on December 25 they have a tradition of eating KFC
Zero Calories – Well, Almost 🙂
You can find the following Cocktail Recipes by googling them 🙂
- Pumpkin Spice Hot Buttered Rum
- Minty Dog Cocktail
- The Grinch-Tini
- Healthy Spiced Egg Eggnog
- Mulled Wine
- Boozy Skinny Hot Chocolate
Back to the Grind …..
As they say… All Good Things Must Come To An End.
But just because the holidays end doesn’t mean we have to break all of our healthier habits that we incorporated along the way. Try to practice some of these daily or at least monthly. Find ways to stay “young at heart”.
Just remember … “Make Every Day Count, Beautiful People”