1. Keep moving: exercise allows you to combat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, trouble sleeping, depression, and so much more. More specifically, exercise also helps maintain your chiropractic adjustments while you also lose fat and gain muscle. Amazing! So set aside at least 20 minutes each day to do something you enjoy: running, yoga, weight lifting, cycling, etc.
2. Keep eating protein: protein keeps you level-headed in the midst of everything the holidays throw at you. When you're at Starbuck's, avoid the extra drizzle of caramel that will take your blood sugar on a roller coaster
of a ride, and opt for hard boiled eggs or a handful of raw nuts.
3. Keep breathing: get lots of fresh air to stay energized and vivacious. To give your brain oxygen, find a comfortable spot outside, inhale through your nose, hold for a second, exhale, and rest for one more
second. Repeating this slow, mindful breathing for at least five cycles will help combat the stress of the holidays.
4. Keep drinking water: water is truly the magic potion to maintain a high quality of life. Staying hydrated keeps your body running like a well-oiled (or, in this case, well-watered) machine. Water keeps your mind
sharp, your body free of toxins, and your skin looking beautiful.
5. Keep your best interest in mind: holiday traditions bring lots of parties and sweet treats. Winter time is a season of inward reflection; use that reflection to ask if you really need to eat another cookie or attend another party. It's okay to say "No" to something if it's not going to serve you.
6. Keep going green: gifts are not just about elaborate wrapping paper and the flashiest gadgets. Gifts are symbols of love and appreciation that can be intangibly expressed with ideas such as: offering to babysit for friends with a newborn, cooking a meal for the family, or donating your time together at a local service like Habitat for Humanity. Keep it simple and environmentally friendly.
Above all else, be safe and be well!
Michael Downey, D.C., P.S.