Hello SOTGC community!
Every season presents a diverse and unique array of opportunities to achieve wellbeing in one’s everyday life. Here are some snow-filled, roasted-marshmallow-laden, hot chocolate-inspired ideas for ways to achieve wellbeing this holiday season.
1. Try out some snow-filled fitness!
Whether it be building a snowman, taking up snow-shoeing, or shoveling the snow, take advantage of all the white powder around you to find new ways of staying active.
2. Connect with your inner child!
When was the last time you raced down a hill of snow in a sleigh? When was the last time you built a snowman or created a snow angel? Connect yourself with these childhood memories to achieve emotional wellbeing this holiday season!
3. Turn up the music!
There is something magical and heart-warming about holiday-themed music. Whether it be singing along to tunes while you drive to work, or attending a concert at a local school or community center, benefit from the uplifting quality of holiday-themed music throughout the season!
4. Give Back!
There is something extremely special about the connection that we feel towards others when we volunteer our time and energy to a cause that we feel passionate about. Find something you feel strongly about, identify a need in your community, and really get in touch with the spirit of the holidays by volunteering this season!
5. Spend time with loved ones!
This goes without saying; the holiday season is the perfect time to spend some quality time with loved ones. To make entertaining less daunting and hectic, try simple ideas such as a movie night with roasting marshmallows by the fireplace, or a cookie-swap party! Create memories and share laughs this season … there is nothing better for the soul!
6. Eat well … for the body and soul!
During the holiday season, try to remember that healthy eating does not only involve what we eat, but how we eat and how our food is prepared. Yes, that scrumptious apple-crumble pie may be slightly high in its fat-content, however if it was made with love by your grandmother and is shared with family while opening presents from under the tree, then there is no reason to deprive yourself of the experience. Everything is about balance and moderation. Keep up your year-round healthy eating habits during the holidays but also make space for the enjoyment of some special and scrumptious favorites!
7. Develop your creative side!
Whether it be trying your hand at a holiday craft, or attending the Nutcracker Ballet, embracing and developing your creative side can be a great way to relax and achieve mindfulness. Find something you enjoy and let yourself be carried away in the artistic moment.
8. Write old-fashioned letters!
There is something completely nostalgic and comforting in the act of writing a good old-fashioned letter to a friend! The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to spread some love and express to those closest to you how much they mean to you! Sit down with a pen, some pretty stationary, and a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy as the experience takes you back in time.
9. Don’t forget to take some time for yourself!
Between office parties, shopping for gifts, final exams, or whichever other commitments you have on your plate, it is important to remember to take some time for yourself this holiday season. Taking a relaxing bath, reading your favorite book, or watching your favorite sitcom with some popcorn, can be all you need to recharge and reenergize!
10. Create traditions!
As human beings, we all like to have something to look forward to.
Traditions represent an opportunity to not only look forward to something every year but also look back on amazing memories from years past. A tradition can be as silly as an annually planned snowball fight with your cousins on Christmas Eve, as timeless as buying an advent chocolate calendar every Christmas, or as comforting as a Boxing Day brunch with your best friends every year. Enjoy!
My dearest SOTGC community, I hope this post has provided you with some fun ways to achieve physical and emotional wellbeing this holiday season! If this post resonated with you, share it with your friends, family, and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter! We’d also love to hear from you about how you manage to achieve wellbeing during the holidays! Share your ideas in the comment section below.