4 Hints for Healthier Holidays!
No matter what holidays you celebrate, December can be a stressful month. You can experience challenges to your physical, spiritual, and emotional health (sometimes all in one day). Here are some ideas that might help you have healthier and happier holidays.
Offer to bring food that you can enjoy and fit into your diet choices. This is especially important if you are eating gluten-free or vegan. This will eliminate the stress of worrying about what you can eat.
Choose to participate only in the spiritual practices that you are comfortable with. Many of us no longer attend the same religious institutions that we grew up in. You don’t need to feel guilty about the adult choices that you have made.
Anticipate uncomfortable family encounters and prepare your response. For example, know what you can say if a particular relative always asks questions like “When are you going to get married?” or “When are you going to have children?” your response can be “Why would you want to know that?” or “ That’s too personal to discuss right now.” Remember that you always have a right to your privacy. These are psychological strategies to help you assert your right to privacy by helping people see how their questions make you uncomfortable. Per Joan Borysenko, “Standing up for ourselves, our loved ones, our business interests, and our values without guilt, shame, or anger keeps us in the driver’s seat”.
Ask yourself what you enjoy about the holidays and make that your priority. It’s ok to say no to some events and have some quiet time at home.
Above all, staying in the present moment and taking slow deep breaths will help ground you and calm you. Find the peaceful moments in your holiday and you will enjoy the good things that come your way.