We all know someone who gets sick around the holidays every year. Are they just unlucky? Thankfully, luck doesn’t have anything to do with it! Our bodies are designed to be healthy and resilient, and research indicates that our daily choices may be the most crucial factor in our ability to stay well.
Why it Matters:
Managing our daily choices well = managing our daily stresses well = staying well.
Each day, our bodies are tasked with handling our chemical, physical, and emotional stresses in order to protect and maintain an optimal state of health. That includes what goes into our bodies, how we use our bodies and any changes we make to our in our habits in response to stressful situations. Each is vitally important. Knowing that, here are 3 steps you can take today to gift yourself better health as we head into 2021…
1. Daily Movement: Exercise is an essential way to keep your mind and body fit over the holidays. Just going for a 20-minute walk outside can make a huge difference in your day.
2. Mental Moments: Each day, set aside time to pause, decompress, and count your blessings. Write down what you are grateful for in your journal. Prayer can also be very helpful. Red Light Therapy, Infrared Sauna, and NuCalm Relaxation sessions can also be invaluable to help reduce your stress levels.
3. Portion Planning: Try to plan and balance your meals so you give yourself the best shot at avoiding any extra empty calories or foods that may lead to added inflammation. No time? I have been using Freshly to bring me healthy meals which save me time and money.
4. Supplements: Ensure proper amounts of Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin C, Omega-3 Fatty Acids are in your diet. If you need help, set up a visit with one of us here to discuss options for either oral supplementation or vitamin injections.
Staying healthy this holiday season is more than attainable – it’s easy! Just take a few minutes each day to be proactive with your healthy habits. Managing your daily stresses with the tips above are great ways to get started, and if you need help, we hope you’ll give us a call. We’re here for you!
Psychological Stress and Susceptibility to the Common Cold. NEJM. 1991. Stress Management. Mayo Clinic. 2020.