From The Director

Holiday Health in Spirit, Mind and Body

As the year draws to a close, it’s time for our annual message of maintaining holiday health in spirit, mind and body as we all navigate the weeks ahead.

You know what I’m talking about – that seemingly endless to do list of parties, family gatherings, shopping, decorating, eating and other distractions that we call “the holidays.” To fight all the excuses that can easily sabotage even the most well-intentioned, it’s important to employ some basic strategies to focus on overall wellness and keep our indulgences in moderation.

Here are a few simple ideas to help you keep our spirit, mind and body in balance during the holidays.

SPIRIT

  • Be still. Make some time every day to be quiet, reflect, pray, give thanks and breathe. Find a time and place in your daily routine where you can center yourself and remember how blessed you are.
  • Give. True happiness blossoms in the service of others. The holidays offer ample opportunities to stop thinking about ourselves and instead focus on others.

MIND

  • Learn to say no. Create a master “to do” list of everything you usually do or think you should do during this time of year. Review it and ruthlessly delete anything that is truly unnecessary or doesn’t bring you joy. Put it away for a day. Review and scratch more, if prudent. Repeat as necessary until you can look at the list and smile.
  • Think. Step away from all the screens in your life and find an old-fashioned way to keep the synapses firing. Read a book, play cards, write a letter to someone who will be delighted to receive “real mail.”

BODY

  • Keep moving. Even if it’s not your usual workout, if it’s shorter or less challenging, just keep moving. Even a brisk walk can help clear your head and get your blood flowing.
  • Limit the treats. It’s OK to indulge in your very favorite treats on a limited basis, but keep your eating habits in check the rest of the time. Egg nog and pecan pie deliver a big calorie hit, so make the special treats really special. Be sure to drink plenty of water, too.
  • Rest. Commit to a sufficient amount of sleep every night. Inadequate sleep not only makes you cranky and tired, but it also interferes with your normal hunger mechanism. Like we need that at this time of year.

With the right attitude and a little planning, the holidays don’t have to be a time when you un-do all the good you’ve done for your health this year.

Throughout the Christmas season, your Y staff is here for you. We wish you and your family a blessed, peaceful and safe Christmas and a joyous New Year!

Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.