‘tis the season for holiday cheer: gift giving (check out our spa day gift cards), parties, delicious food and most importantly, quality time spent with friends and family. however, this is also quite a hectic and often chaotic time as everyone recovers from one celebration and prepares for the next. it is vital to engage in some self-care during the holidays. continue reading for some helpful suggestions on how to stay healthy and centered this holiday season.
hydration and mindful eating
sipping spa water during your spa day isn’t the only time to be focusing on hydration. the holidays are full of parties and we love making merry, but it is also important to drink plenty of water intermittently, especially between alcoholic beverages. water will also increase blood flow to the skin by helping to spread nutrients and removing harmful toxins. staying hydrated promotes skin cell turnover that will keep your skin glowing.
the holidays are also full of tempting treats. while it is certainly alright to occasionally indulge and enjoy yourself, eating too many rich foods that aren’t part of your regular diet can send your digestive tract into a tizzy. the key is to plan ahead. offer to bring a healthy & delicious dish to the next party so you know there will be a good option there for you. be sure to eat a snack full of fiber and protein — such as almonds or an apple with almond butter before any holiday event. if you aren’t famished when you arrive then you can be more intentional about which holiday treats you choose to eat. enjoy the party without stressing about food or beverage choices. try being mindful while eating. mindfulness is simply being aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgement, it is about closely observing the signs that your body is giving you.
massage and mindfulness
mindfulness is useful for more than just eating and drinking during this hectic time of year. it is often beneficial to simply notice when and why you feel stressed. do you feel a tightness in your shoulders or a twinge in your neck when things get busy? if so, your body may be telling you to slow down, take some deep breaths, stretch, or go outside.
an excellent self-care technique is taking time to schedule a massage at Spavia Ankeny. massage specifically has numerous health benefits including:
• strengthens immune system: studies have shown that receiving a massage decreases levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that can contribute to deterioration of the immune system. massages have also been shown to boost the efficiency of white blood cells that the body uses to combat viruses.
•better sleep: massages allow you to release tension in your body, ease pain and put you in a state of relaxation that makes it easier to get a restful night’s sleep. come into Spavia Ankeny to experience a massage treatment and reap the benefits of massage for yourself.
the holidays are an exciting yet chaotic time of year. physical activity can get pushed to the bottom of our seemingly endless to do lists. however, exercise is not only a great stress reliever but an excellent way to spend quality time with your loved ones. have family visiting from out of town? take them to the gym, ice skating or on a walking sightseeing tour of your neighborhood. you will take care of your body as well as spend the time you want with the important people in your life.
at Spavia Ankeny we encourage you to proactively engage in self-care so that you can stay happy and healthy this holiday season. schedule your appointment at Spavia Ankeny today!