The holidays have arrived and it’s time to be festive and celebrate the season. It’s also at this time of year to start thinking about the new year and the goals that we want to set for ourselves.
Our goals, or resolutions, take on all shapes and forms, but we tend to set at least one or two health-related ones for ourselves. Whether a goal is to eat more vegetables, exercise more often, to get more sleep or consume less alcohol, it is always helpful to have your wellness top of mind and to have ideas for what could help you live a healthier, happier life.
I know from my own experience that it can be a real challenge to reset some of the habits I have allowed to take shape during December. We spend the month of December surrounded by indulgent treats and having a fuller schedule packed with fun holiday events, which doesn’t leave as much time for some of the important things we might have otherwise prioritised, such as sleep, exercise, nutrition or even just some downtime to rest with a book.
Through many grumpy moments spent trying to work off the “holiday hangover” each January, I have learned that the best time to start on your future wellness goals is not January 1, but today. It might not seem as exciting as the other festive options dotting your calendar, but what better gift could you give yourself than heading into the new year with healthy habits that you can continue to build on throughout the year?
Now I’m not being the Grinch and asking you to avoid the fun festivities, but to simply be aware of your wellness goals and the positive impact that achieving them can have on your life. What works well for me is to plan wellness activities first and then fill my festive schedule around them. On busy days you can plan for a nap, have a healthy meal before heading out to an event or a holiday party or get up a little earlier to get in a run or some exercise. Something else I have found makes a huge difference is to stick to a bedtime to ensure I get the sleep I need.
Yes, it can be fun to indulge and stay until the end of the party, but I promise you that it will be even more enjoyable to have the rest and energy you need to be able to truly enjoy the holiday season and start the new year without the dreaded holiday hangover.
Kevin Grzybouski is a wellness coach and chef/owner of Wholesome, a plant-based meal service.