Healthy Holidays

by | Dec 2, 2021


The weather has shifted, twinkly lights cheer up neighborhoods, and there’s frenetic energy in the air. It’s exhilarating.

And anxiety-inducing.

So much pressure: the right gifts, festive attire, work parties, travel, extra expenses, not to mention the constant expectations of family and friends. And don’t forget your demanding daily priorities! It’s a lot to navigate without losing oneself.

Isn’t this the month when we are supposed to be our happiest?

For me, December is riddled with mixed emotions because both of our kids will be home which, yes, is a wonderfully happy occasion. That warms my heart. Yet, just two days before Christmas last year, I lost my dad to Covid-19. Because of the pandemic, I could not be with him in his final days. That breaks my heart. It‚Äôs a deep, melancholy feeling that deserves to be acknowledged and nurtured ‚Äď by me.

So this year, my mantra is healthy holidays. Savoring memories, keeping things simple, listening to my body, and making time for self-care.

What will December hold for you?

You don’t have to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and expectations of others. You don’t have to pressure yourself to do it all just perfectly so. You can make a new choice.

YOU can take the reins.

That might mean a quiet night alone, a warm bath, an extra hour of sleep or a Sunday afternoon curled up with a blanket and a novel. Ahhhhhh. Feeling better already? ūüėú If you need a few ideas or additional encouragement, check out¬†Womaze¬†for a daily dose of inspiration.

Have you outgrown wish lists? Feel like you don‚Äôt need (want?) more stuff? Relax, there‚Äôs another option.¬†The Good Trade, a resource for sustainability, slow living, and self-love, offers practical tips on having the¬†awkward ‚Äúno gifts this holiday‚ÄĚ conversation and other strategies for switching it up this year.

A friend recently shared with me that she puts sparkling water in a rocks glass with lime so others will think she is partying right along with them. I respect her choice, but no need to pretend. Proudly pour the bubbly water or wine or whatever suits you. And if you want to dial it back and still feel festive, try these non-boozy holiday mocktails from Food52.

Why wait until January 1 to take care of your body? Get started now with Sydney Cummings, a fitness coach and Internet sensation with over 1.25M YouTube subscribers. You’ll be inspired by the adversity she has overcome and pumped up by her contagious energy, can-do attitude and free at-home workouts. By January, you’ll feel be ready to tackle anything!

Having a healthy holiday is out of reach for tens of millions in the US alone. Join the Equipt Women Foundation by donating to Feeding America, supporting local food banks and providing food security to 1 in 7 people in America.

“It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale

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