December 15, 2011

December 15, 2011
12 Healthy Habits to Avoid Being Holi-dazed

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Thursday and I hope you are having a safe and great week so far. It has been another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

We are all busy with the holidays being upon us. For some it is a great time and for others it can be a time of depression. So how do we survive the holidays?

1. Start With a Vision - Start your holiday with a clear vision of how you want it to go. Share your thoughts with your family and friends.

2. Set Goals and Prioritize - Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can not attend every party or participate in every activity.

3. Organize and Simplify - Find easy to implement steps for having a more organized and productive holiday season. Identify ways to simplify. Organization is no longer a luxury; it is a matter of survival!

4. Self Care - Find time to take care of yourself - physically, mentally and spiritually. Go for a walk, get enough sleep, read inspiring literature, listen to music, go outdoors, spend some quiet time, meditate, be tobacco free.

5. Safety - Whether traveling long distances, hanging lights, or simply stoking the fireplace, it is important to pay extra attention to safety around the holidays.

6. Stay Financially Fit - We are responsible for our own happiness and health during the holidays. Whether or not we have a good holiday is a function of our decisions not our conditions. Decide to make financial and time commitments that you can keep this holiday season.

7. Eat Well - Some things you can do to keep things under control: Limit your portions, do not go to a party hungry; steer clear of items high in fats; watch out for high calorie foods and beverages; and drink lots of water. There is no harm in trying new things; you can sample that 5 cheese and salsa dip, but you will not want to eat half the bowl!

8. Stay Active - Find opportunities to stay active to help you feel better, more energized, focused and fit for the demands of the season.

9. Get Connected - Work with those you love to create meaningful traditions and routines that can be part of future holidays. Get in touch with old friends.

10. Explore New Experiences and Set Limits - Trying something new – especially a refreshing exercise, like Tai Chi – is a great way to keep fit, bust stress, and meet new friends this holiday season. Read, write in a journal, visit a library, study, or watch less TV.

11. Give - Commit random acts of kindness, volunteer, visit the elderly or donate money, clothes, toys, food.

12. Have Fun - Play, sing, laugh, enjoy. Experience the joy, excitement and wonder of the holiday season. Remember what the holiday season was like when you were a kid or look at it through your children’s eyes.

Hope these tips help you have the best holiday season ever!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab