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Unwrapping Healthy Holidays: Self-Care Tips for the Season

Unwrapping Healthy Holidays: Self-Care Tips for the Season

Guest blog by Pearll Warren, Homeowner Development Manager at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

The holiday season is upon us, bringing joy, laughter, and an abundance of delicious treats. But who says you must sacrifice your health in the name of celebration? These witty and wellness-inspired tips will help you navigate the holiday season while keeping your well-being intact. So, buckle up and get ready to sleigh those unhealthy habits!

Dance like nobody's watching, because chances are they probably aren't

While holiday parties may not be everyone's cup of eggnog, there's one thing we can all agree on: dancing is a universal language of joy! Whether you're gathering with friends or having an evening to yourself, busting a move will not only burn calories but also lift your spirits. So, get on your feet and boogie your way to a healthier holiday season!

Stuff your stockings with healthy snacks

Who says stockings are only for sugary treats? Fill those festive socks with nutritious goodies or keep them around the house, like dried fruits, nuts, or even mini veggie packs. Not only will this quell the snack attacks, but it will also keep you on track with your health goals. Plus, it's a clever way to sneak in some extra vitamins while embracing the holiday spirit!

A bunch of colorful vegetables.

Give the gift of wellness

Instead of wrapping up material possessions, why not consider gifting experiences that promote wellness? A spa day, a yoga retreat, or even a cooking class can be a delightful surprise for your loved ones. These experiences will create lasting memories and encourage a healthy lifestyle, showcasing your thoughtfulness and creativity.

Woman practicing a yoga pose.

Embrace "Fa-La-La-La Fitness"

The holiday season doesn't have to be a sedentary affair. Turn your festive activities into opportunities for physical fitness. Ice skating, snowball fights, or even a friendly game of touch football can get your heart pumping and burn off those gingerbread cookie calories. So, grab your friends and family and make your holidays a jolly workout extravaganza!

Savor the flavors, not the quantities

Let's face it, holiday feasts are a temptation we can't resist. But instead of overindulging, focus on savoring the flavors and enjoying every bite. By being mindful of portion sizes and taking the time to appreciate each dish, you can satisfy your taste buds without sabotaging your health goals. Remember, it's about quality, not quantity!

The holiday season is an opportunity to celebrate, connect, and cherish moments with loved ones. Find new ways to create memories with family game nights, family history trivia, storytelling, karaoke, or movie nights just to keep things light and inexpensive. Remember to steer clear of conversations that make you feel uncomfortable—everyone's "tea" doesn't have to be your “cup of tea.” By following these witty and wellness-inspired tips, you can enjoy a healthy holiday season that nourishes both your body and soul. 

Family of four playing monopoly on a living room table.

A few important reminders:

Please remember to listen to your inner self. It's ok not to gather with others and, instead, catch up on some much-needed rest and relaxation. 

To minimize financial stress during the holidays, create a budget and save this end-of-year season. Shop with a list and plan your meals to be cost-effective; this will help you stay away from spontaneous shopping.

If you find yourself battling with any moments of sadness that sometimes can be hard to steer away from, you can always phone a friend or reach out to various mental health services.

However you celebrate or gather, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity wishes you a safe, peaceful, and joyous winter season.

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