Wellness Hacks for the Holidays

We all want to be the best versions of ourselves in all situations. We want to shine professionally, be #couplegoals, support our communities, have a movie star bod and feel like a million bucks too.

But let me break it down for you. Health is wealth. Without a strong mind and body, you are crippled from being peaceful or happy, let alone crushing all of the aforementioned goals. Health means

  • eating well (try a majority plant-based whole food diet)

  • sleeping well (some basic tips below)

  • managing your stress (yoga and meditation FTW)

  • exercising and recovering well (whatever makes your body feel good!)

  • having meaningful connections with others and being a participatory member of a community (#onepeloton makes that last part easy)

Honor your body and mind as best you can. If you don't show respect for yourself and your health, how can you expect it from others?

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Here are 3 hacks to get you through the season:

  • Get some sleep. I've said it before, and I'm glad that more and more research is showing just how incredibly important it is prioritize sleep. Try to stick to a consistent sleep/wake schedule. Finish eating 2-3 hours before bedtime. Avoid screens (blue light) after 7pm. If you want to get nerdy about it, get an Oura ring to help you measure what works and what doesn't work.

  • Be kind to everyone, always ... but guard your time and energy. The governing text of yoga, the Yoga Sutras, suggests that we cultivate friendship and delight towards those who are happy and virtuous, compassion for those who are unhappy, and disengage with those who are harmful. Translation: just because you are home for the holidays does not mean you have to catch up with every "old friend" you have. Prioritize people who prioritize you - the true friends and family with whom you will have lifelong bonds. The people you surround yourself with have a real impact on your self-esteem, habits and world view. If someone triggers negative thoughts or feelings, tell them you're busy and move on.

  • Don't forget to play! Life is short - don't take yourself (or anyone else) too seriously. Read a comic - or at least the Sunday Funnies (I grew up on Calvin & Hobbes,) catch a comedy special on Netflix (Hasan Minhaj ILY,) or have a game night with your friends and family (maybe skip Monopoly.)