The word “holiday” ought to be synonymous with fun, relaxing and celebratory, right? So why is it that we often associate them with stress, weight gain and emotional exhaustion? Are holidays in modern times inherently related to over-eating, lack of exercise, and family politics… not to mention the overwhelming work simply to unplug for a few days? I’d like to think not.
Holidays can be about slowing down, prioritizing what is important, and sharing the best of yourself with the people you love. You can choose to build more joy into your holidays and take out the stress by keeping yourself healthy and by focusing on the true essence of the holiday. This Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s, try incorporating the following tips for healthy and happy holidays, and notice how relaxing and inspiring holidays can be!
5 Tips To Healthy & Happy Holidays
About the Author
Gayle Olson, founder of Exotic Yoga Retreats and author of The Yoga & Fitness Guide for Women, has taught and practiced Vinyasa, Iyengar and Hatha yoga around the world for over 20 years.
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