Holiday revelry, friends, family, travel, and fun are great to enjoy, but you want to feel good, too, when it’s all over.
Nobody said it was easy getting through the explosion of activity during the holidays, but one thing rings true. If you can maintain the three pillars of wellness in spite of the chaos, you will come through it fine. Sleep, food, and exercise are the wellness safeguards that keep us in check.
But let’s not be too hard on ourselves. After all, this is the holiday season.
Sleep can be disrupted if you’re traveling or sleeping at Aunt Martha’s and her guest bed is not what you’re used to. Consider packing some of your bamboo sheets for the trip and if you have room enough, include your Island Slumber Gravity Sleep Oasis® Weighted Blanket. It’s worth the extra packing and could mean the difference in sleeping well or not.
A familiar smell can also help you sleep when you’re not at home. Take along some your Island Slumber Essential Lavender Oil and rub it on your wrists before bed. It will lull you to sleep and remind you of your Sleep Oasis at home.
Both of these suggestions apply if you’re staying in a hotel for the holidays.
Food routines during the holidays are practically hopeless, but we can at least make an effort. Sugar is the main culprit, so try to balance the sugar intake with protein. One way to avoid stuffing yourself at the big dinners is to have some healthy in-between meal snacks or protein bars.
Exercise is important, but difficult to convince yourself you need it after a woofing down a big holiday feast. Get out of the house and take a walk. If the weather isn’t obliging, use your sister’s treadmill for 10 minutes or so. If the weather is nice, outdoor family gatherings are a good way to exercise. A game of badminton or croquet. Archery can be great fun, too. And if there’s snow on the ground, well…what are you waiting for?
Even when you return home, it can be difficult to get back into your routine. Just ease back into it and enjoy being back in your own bed. Sometimes a walk around the neighborhood or a short trip to the market helps you to feel you’re back home.
Holiday season is wonderful in so many ways, but sticking to what you know is healthiest is not always priority one. So much catching up to do with friends and family. So much sharing and fun to be had. It’s important to enjoy yourself and remember this time of the year only comes around once. That may be a very good thing.
Happy Holidays to Your Family from the Island Slumber Family!
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