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Five Ways to Keep Healthy Living in Mind this Holiday

Times of celebration like Christmas, Hanukah and New Years can bring friends and family together, but it can also bring challenges to our overall health.

As the holidays fast approach, keep these healthy living tips in mind: 

Find Time for Yourself and Your Interests
Focus on your interests and areas of passion. Are you a writer? Do you enjoy crafting? Whether you use your holiday break to learn more about a topic you’re interested in or to experience activities you love, find time for yourself to relax while still keeping your brain stimulated.

Cassidy BarnertTry Something New
“Variety is the spice of life” is a well-known quote for a reason. Introducing novelty into our lives can give us a renewed sense of energy and zest for life. Stay curious about the world around you! Learning can help us build confidence and a sense of self-efficacy. It can also be a way of connecting with others too. Consider exploring a new project or register for a workshop. You may discover a new passion for things like cooking, public speaking or woodworking.

tapping maple treesGet Outside and Explore Your Backyard
You may think when you go out in nature that you are just looking at the beautiful scenery, but being in a "green space" - whether a park, trail or cow pasture -  improves your mental and physical wellbeing.  Increasing evidence demonstrates the many benefits of nature including reduced stress, greater physical health, more creativity and improved concentration.

Keep Good Company
People have a huge impact on your life. American entrepreneur Jim Rohn says “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” With this in mind, you should think about the people you’re spending time with the same way you think about what you eat and how you’re exercising. Try to surround yourself with peers who bring out the best in you and who inspire you to set goals.

picture from summitCultivate Gratitude
Gratitude is strongly and consistently linked to greater happiness. Expressing gratitude helps people feel positive emotions, relish good experiences, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. When you wake up in the morning and right before you’re going to bed at night, try to think of three things you’re grateful for in your life.

Remember to laugh and enjoy yourself — the holidays only come once a year!