The holidays are upon us — can you feel it? I feel a little bit of excitement, but on the other hand some trepidation. I don't enjoy added stress and bustle. I'm a homebody through and through. I've been thinking about what things I'm purposing to do for myself and my family to help us stay healthy and happy into January 2012 — and I want to share these tips with you. Be sure to add any tips of your own in the comments.
1. Lighten up your social calendar. Think through upcoming holiday activities. Can you cut any? Combine any? Being on the go-go-go all the time isn't good for anyone. Choose quality over quantity.
2. Get enough sleep. Getting enough rest is one of the cornerstones of good health. Do whatever you can to ensure at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. I know, it can't always be done. Babies and workload interfere. Try your best and turn to tip #3 to make up for any deficits.
3. Take naps. When the little ones nap, take a nap yourself. A Song for a Fifth Child by Ruth Hamilton (1958) says: “The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow, for children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep. I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.” I apply that to Mamas and Daddys and kiddoes as well — the cobwebs will keep until tomorrow while we get much-needed rest!
4. Drink plenty of water (or tea). Stay hydrated!
5. Plan simple, nourishing meals. Less is more. If you're adding extra activities into your life for the next month+, cut yourself some slack in the kitchen. A stressed mama is not a happy mama. A stressed mama is more likely to get sick and run-down. And then everyone really suffers!
6. Fill up on nourishing meals with plenty of satiating healthy fats like butter and coconut oil, so you're less likely to crave or indulge in holiday treats.
7. Let yourself indulge in a few holiday treats. 🙂 It is a special time of year. If you're so inclined, don't deny yourself the pleasure.
8. Get plenty of Vitamin D to prevent disease and recover from stress. Not synthetic vitamin D (which fortifies store-bought milk). Use real food sources like: fermented (natural) cod liver oil; pastured animal fats (such as grass-fed butter, ghee, lard and tallow); wild herring, wild mackerel, and wild salmon; pastured egg yolks; and liver from pastured animals. (source)
9. Practice happy thoughts of thanksgiving. Don't underestimate the healing power and spiritual growth that comes from positive, Godly thankful thinking. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” –Philippians 4:8 “…for of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks.” –Luke 6:45
10. Pray for God's blessings on your life and health — and thank Him for every good gift. He is the true author of health, giving each of us breath and life. “For you have formed my inward parts: you have covered me in my mother's womb.” –Psalm 139:13
I hope your holidays are blessed and joyful! What tips would you add? Please share in the comments.
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