Just a few days ago (12/17/20) Fullscript released an article, a holiday blog actually, titled 21 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season: Managing Stress, Eating Well, and More. It’s the best list I’ve come across. These health-focused platforms feel so important to me, not just because of the holidays as we enter the Winter months, but also because the world is combating COVID-19. Furthermore, Fullscript articles are medically reviewed by physicians, so I trust the information they provide. Here, I’ll tell you about my top three from their list.
It’s impossible to savor the flavors, textures and temperatures of our food if we are gulping them down, barely even chewing what we put in our mouth. Mindful eating brings the practice of mindfulness to each meal, that is, we use mealtime to slow down, to connect with our senses. By setting down the fork or spoon between eat bite, we extend this practice, thus gaining additional benefits. This simple practice supports our digestive system as well, because we swallow each bite after we have thoroughly chewed it. In addition, mindful eating can decrease overeating and the uncomfortable side effects of overeating, such as bloating.
Spend time with your (or someone else’s) pet.
Pets deliver so many great benefits for physical and mental health. Spending time with a pet can decrease depression and loneliness while bringing comfort and companionship. Improved pain management and immune function, plus lower blood pressure, are just some of the wonderful benefits of spending time with a pet. So dedicate some time to interacting with your pet or the pet of someone you know. If that is absolutely impossible, it is just fine to go to a dog park alone! While ideal, you don’t need to own a pet of your own to gain what’s noted above, but you do need to play, pet, and interact for top results.
In addition to spending time with pets, laughter also brings positive physical and mental health outcomes. For instance, laughter can regulate our mood – don’t we need that this time of year? Who knew that we would be going through a holiday season with a pandemic on the loose! When I laugh out loud, I forget about my troubles immediately. I have always loved stand-up comedy, but since comedy clubs are closed down these days I’ve shifted gears. Here, I have a short list of the comedians I plan to see on Netflix this Winter. Kevin Hart, Larry The Cable Guy, and several others have released new live stand-up performances. All I need is the remote control, a couple Keto Cups, and a hot tea…and I’m all set.
Let’s prioritize our health and the health of our loved ones this Winter (and beyond). Happy 2021 everyone! I can’t believe this looong year is almost over.
You can find the entire Fullscript article at https://fullscript.com/blog/holiday-season-health-tips?utm_source=email&utm_medium=patientcomms&utm_campaign=december-21-2020&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVdRMFlUUXdZV1ZrTW1aaCIsInQiOiJzQTVJTFBJRkNra1ZWS0FvOXpvd0hvWkxPdnpKUnFpaVwvaWlOb2dzYnNXbUJSR1N0NnU3UXlEMEJ5NXZrREx0SDdcL1YreHR6S0JrdWcwS0FnXC9MRnVtWFZBblwvU1wvSlwva1pFbkJqWGhJWGIxQnRaVlpOTUtwVWoyUWc0STFIXC9XVjBOcmZzMURyWVFVa1wvQ3RQRVBsUzlzQT09In0%3D&fbclid=IwAR35CivVStcxpdHPCffywEU-wh0Uiq4YDo_ZtJNgyCs-6aZxwgiY5sLgrXk
Here’s to 2021,