From finding the perfect present, to navigating crowded malls, to fighting over parking spots — the most wonderful time of the year has become anything but wonderful. In fact, it’s become way too stressful.
However, don’t let the stress of the season drag you down. There are small things that you can do to help create an enjoyable holiday season. We reached out to Bergen County’s own wellness gurus Two Fit Moms for their best tips on maintaining your sanity and actually enjoy a healthy holiday this year. And then go ahead and check out their gift guide!
1. Make a list
Keeping organized will do wonders for your frame of mind. Whether it’s gift giving or food shopping, write down everything you need. You will save tons of time by making lists — and it’s just too busy not to be organized.
2. Say no
You can’t do everything. Skip Breakfast with Santa or one of the five holiday parties on your calendar. Trust us, saying no is liberating. Now’s the time to try it!
3. Take a time out
Thank you for joining the #FollowYourDreamsWithTFM challenge!! Here is Day 30 pose: Any Comfortable Seated Position . Come to a comfortable seat, bring your hands to heart center and bow your chin towards your chest. Take a moment of gratitude and honor for yourself… For getting on your mat each and everyday, for doing something for your body and soul. Send some love, gratitude and positive energy for all the yogis in this space who participated with you. . Make sure to check in with @laurasykora and @masumi_g for their beautiful posts and variations each day and follow our sponsor @gaiam for a chance to win a prize package featuring the new @twofitmoms Gaiam apparel line!
4. Don’t forget to exercise
#FollowYourDreamsWithTFM Day 13 Pose: Triangle From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward between your hands. Spin your back heel down so that your left toes point toward the left edge of your mat. Bring your torso up to vertical, and straighten your right leg. Glance down at your feet— an imaginary line drawn from the heel of your right foot would intersect the arch of your back foot. Reach forward toward the top edge of your yoga mat as far as you can, and then bring your right fingertips down to the pinky-side edge of your foot (or maybe to the top of a block or the top of your shin). Extend your left arm toward the sky, and try to make a straight line with your arms. Make an effort to roll your left shoulder back, lift your chest, and tuck your right hip under your body. Hold this pose for 5-10 breaths, and remember to practice on both sides of your body. Make sure to check in with @laurasykora and @masumi_g for their beautiful posts and variations each day, and follow our sponsor @gaiam for a chance to win a prize package featuring the new @twofitmoms Gaiam apparel line.
Unfortunately, exercise tends to fall by the wayside during the holiday season, but we assure you that you will feel so much better if you make time for some form of activity. If you can’t commit to an hour, do a shortened workout — a quick walk during your lunch break, or a 10-minute sun salutation in the morning. Some form of activity will make a difference in your mental well-being for the day!
5. We know you are busy, but don’t forgot to eat
Make sure you start your day with a healthy breakfast and try to eat three well-balanced meals throughout the day. Carry dried fruit, popcorn, granola bars, or nuts in your bag or car so you always have something to snack on. Splurging here and there is fine, but don’t let it get the best of you.
6. We know it’s busy, but don’t skimp on sleep
These are the times when you need it most. Once your sleep fails, your immune system does too. So get your sleep on so you can stay healthy for the season!
7. Keep up with appearances
Don’t forget to take care of yourself — getting enough sleep, eating healthy and fitting in exercise are all part of taking care of you — but don’t forget to keep up your beauty routine. Whether it’s moisturizing your skin, or putting on makeup or getting your nails done — doing something for you will make you feel good on the inside and the outside!
8. Give back
At the end of the day, the holiday season is all about giving. So, donate your time (teach a free yoga class), your services (work in a soup kitchen) or your money (buy toys for the less fortunate) to help someone in need. This may be the most important tip of all this holiday, and we can assure you that it will make a tremendous difference in your outlook this season! You can even buy gifts that give back.