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3 Things You Can Do This Holiday Season To #LiveWellBeWell!


As many of you know, #LiveWellBeWell is a hashtag we love to use that best describes our philosophy when it comes to your health.  As we are entering the holiday season I thought it would be fun to take a look at a few things you can do this time of year that exemplify that philosophy. I know that life can get hectic as well as stressful this time of year with family commitments, gift buying, and all of the expectations that can be created.

Here are three things that I feel can be fun and beneficial for all of us both mentally and physically, as we tackle stressors.

Give Unconditionally:  One thing we have done in the Derby office for many years is collect Christmas gifts for needy children in our area.  These are then wrapped and given to the children on Christmas day by their parents or guardians.  Putting a smile on a child's face during Christmas when they think they will be without any gifts is priceless.  I have found that the more anonymous you can make this gesture the better.  However you choose to act upon giving unconditionally, I promise you that won't regret it.  It can be incredibly rewarding for the soul.

Try a Fun New Outdoor Activity:  Especially for those of us that reside in the northern part of the country, the weather is turning colder, which also means snow.  I can hear it already, "yuk, I hate the snow".  I completely understand this, but there are ways that you can get outside to enjoy it in ways you may not have tried before.  Snowshoeing, going for a quiet walk in the woods, sprints in deep snow, ice skating, sledding, cross country skiing, and others, can be a great way to add some "spice" to the colder weather.  Not only can they be fun to do alone or with your family, they can also be a great source of exercise.  Staying active this time of year can be a challenge for many, but is extremely important.  Get outside and have some fun!

Treat Yourself:  The holiday's for many of you are about everyone else but yourself.  The first one to get neglected, especially if you are a parent, is yourself.  Plan out ahead of time something simple and fun every week to "treat yourself".  This can range from a massage, an adjustment at the chiropractor (hahaha...of course), a manicure, an afternoon off work all to yourself, a spa day with your friends, spending time reading a book, or any number of other things.  This is a very important piece of the puzzle in order to #LiveWellBeWell when life is getting hectic, to help manage that feeling of being overwhelmed.

Just like taking care of your health and well-being any time of year, doing so during the holiday season takes a constant and consistent approach. I always advocate the "one step ahead" approach.  Whenever possible be proactive with your health and well-being. Live a healthy lifestyle today, so you can be healthy tomorrow. You can apply my "one step ahead" approach to our favorite # as well. If you want to BE WELL (one step ahead), you'll need to take the first step in that direction by making an intentional decision to LIVE WELL.

Give unconditionally, try a fun new outdoor activity, and treat yourself this holiday season. You'll be building up an emotional and physical reserve of positive change in your life that you can use as a resource to help others down the road. And in the meantime, you'll be well on your way to the life you've always wanted.