5 Tips for Looking and Feeling Your Best this Holiday Season

The holiday season is designed to bring joy and happiness to many individuals, regardless of their specific celebrations, such as Hannukah, Christmas, or the Winter Solstice.  To ensure you make the most of these festive times, here are some tips for your enjoyment.

  1. Embrace the festive spirit:  Whether you naturally lean towards a Grinch-like disposition or exude the cheerfulness of one of Santa’s elves, immersing yourself in the holiday season can enhance your appreciation for small pleasures, potentially benefiting your mental well-being.  Engaging with family and neighbours fosters a sense of connection.  Activities like crafting a gingerbread house with your grandchildren, organizing a workplace Secret Santa exchange, or participating in a charitable clothing drive can warm hearts at home and in your community.

  2. Select a go-to outfit that boosts confidence:  Uncomfortable clothing has the potential to dampen festive occasions. Instead of scrambling for an outfit moments before an event, take a few weeks to peruse your closet and assemble at least one ensemble that makes you feel self-assured.   This chosen outfit can serve as a seasonal celebration uniform, alleviating stress and leaving you feeling great, even at impromptu gatherings.

  3. Practice self-compassion:  The holiday season often brings a flurry of activities, from parties to festive dinners, gift shopping, and children’s recitals, all vying for your attention.  Make a conscious effort to carve out time for rest and rejuvenation in positive ways.  Whether reading a book, playing with your dog, or connecting with a friend, prioritize self-care.  Remember not to be too hard on yourself if things don’t unfold precisely as planned.

  4. Strive for balance and moderation:  The hectic nature of the holiday season can lead to neglecting typical healthy eating habits, resulting in sluggishness or moodiness.  Despite indulging in more sweets than usual, aim for balance by incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet.  Keep a short list of easy, pantry-based meals for nights when the temptation to feast on cookies, chocolates, and chips looms – your body will thank you in the long run.

  5. Quit smoking:  If you’re a smoker, quitting is a significant step toward improving your health and well-being. According to Health Canada, positive changes begin as soon as twenty minutes after your last cigarette.  Your risk of a heart attack decreases within 24 hours, and improved breathing follows about two weeks later.  While withdrawal symptoms may persist for a few weeks, the long-term benefits and stress relief of quitting smoking are well worth it.

Various methods exist for quitting smoking, including going cold turkey, using nicotine replacement therapy, or exploring group counseling.  Setting a quit date and devising a plan can make the process more manageable.

For information, tools, and support to help you quit smoking, visit canada.ca/quit-smoking.

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