The Holidays are Here

Nov 17, 2010
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It is November and the holiday season is officially here!  For many people the holidays are a joy filled time with family, friends and food – lots of food.  Between shopping at busy stores for gifts, taking the always-anticipated annual family photo, making yummy treats and traveling to visit relatives, people become consumed with the chaos of the season.  The result of chaos is loosing sight of what should be priority #1 – taking care of yourself!

What does taking care of yourself mean to you?  Being a student of psychology, I am a great believer in doing things that nourish both body and mind to create balance.  Exercise as we all know, is good for our bodies in many ways.  From a physiological perspective, exercise can’t be beat – but exercise can also do wonders for our psychological well being including; reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, promote positive feelings of happiness (thanks to the endorphins released during physical activity) as well as increase mental clarity and thought processing.

If you don’t have time to do a regular exercise program during the holiday season, be creative and discover ways to incorporate exercise into your daily schedule.  Park the car further away then necessary when you go to the mall, take your dog or child on extra walks to the park, if possible use stairs instead of an elevator, learn how to do push-ups, jumping jacks, squats, tricep dips, crunches and other exercises that can be done with no more than your own body weight and a coffee table.  If you can make fitness fit your life, you will find yourself discovering more joy in this holiday season.  Cheers!

Author: Elizabeth