Do the holidays have an affect on the mind, body and spirit?

December 24, 2009 06:39 by Angela

The holiday season affect people in many different ways. Whether it is Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza or just celebrating the New Year, each person embraces the holidays in their own unique way. Some people live for the crowds and rush to shop while others look forward to those moments of being with family and friends. Whatever the case may be, the holidays can affect who we are in body, mind and spirit. This is usually due to the circumstances surrounding our daily environment. 

During the holiday season, the fitness routine goes right out the door.  People are invited to parties and dinners that involve rich, delicious foods, drinks and desserts. Just one cup of plain egg nog can have 343 calories.  When enjoying the holidays, eat and drink in moderation. You should expect to gain a few pounds but don’t let it get you down or take you off track of your weight loss goals. Try to schedule some time in the gym to work off those extra pounds and alleviate the stress that some time comes with the holiday weight gain. 

It is all about attitude that determines whether the holidays are a sad or joyous occasion. For example, losing a close love one can be depressing and lonely during this time. But it does not have to be. It is all in how you perceive it. Instead of dwelling on the lost, focus on doing a new holiday tradition that celebrates the memory of that person. Some people plan a getaway trip with friends which do not have to be flying to an exotic place. It could be just creating a ski lodge at your house with decorations and treats to create the atmosphere. Others have created virtual holiday gatherings on internet chat rooms to meet new people and share ideas. It is all up to you to determine the state-of-mind that you want to dwell in for the holidays.

And finally, it is all about the spirit of giving and love that makes the holidays special. I have heard some people say that it is becoming a society of "me" and "selfishness". As Michael Jackson puts it, it starts with the man in the mirror. Everyday of the year should be about giving love to one another. Love is a free and easy gift to give some one. It makes such a difference in people lives. It not only affects the person who is receiving the love; but the one who is giving it, too. 

For more information, check out these sites:

Holiday Eating Tips:
http://www.snac.ucla.edu/pages/Resources/Handouts/HO.Holiday%20eating.htm

Surviving Christmas Depression:
http://clinical-psychology.suite101.com/article.cfm/surviving_christmas_depression

Getting the Holiday Spirit:
http://kidshealth.org/teen/misc/holiday_spirit.html

Faithful Fitness for Life wishes everyone
a Happy Holiday and
a healthy and blessed New Year!


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