Health and Happiness

 

It is almost time to say farewell to 2014 and hello to 2015. I thought I would wrap up the year with a few health tips to think about over your New Year vacation. As always, here at Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme the focus is on both physical and psychological health. Here’s to good health and happiness!

Get Active in the Community (and at Home)

Go for a walk around the neighbourhood and say hi to your neighbours if you see them out and about.

Enter a fun run such as a charity race in your local area – it doesn’t matter how fast you run or walk.

Do some stretching, star jumps (jumping jacks), or burpees from home for a quick energy boost.

Schedule some exercise into your diary (such as walking or bike riding) in between social events as an appointment to keep with yourself, or even better, arrange to do some workouts with friends or family so that everyone can enjoy the benefit of getting active while catching up with people socially.

Do some volunteer work if you have the time.

Rest!

The holidays can be a busy time, so if possible go to bed earlier than you normally would to catch up on some sleep.


Take some time out in between all the holiday cooking, cleaning, and entertaining to sit back and relax. Read a book or a magazine, watch a movie, and just forget about everything else for a while.

If your diary is packed with activities, you may have to schedule in some relaxation time as well.

Stay in Touch with Friends and Family 

Social interaction is important for mental health, so send a text or email to someone you haven’t spoken with in a while and you will feel happier as a result. A phone call is even better if you can!


If you’ve moved far away from most of the people you know (as we have) send a Christmas card or candy to loved ones to let people know you are thinking of them.


Drink (and Eat!) Responsibly

Many of us tend to overindulge during the holidays. Limit your alcohol intake (as well as sugar, etc), and substitute products so that you don’t feel as if you are missing out. For example, cinnamon can be used in place of sugar on your cereal. There are also many milk alternatives available such as almond, cashew, coconut, hemp, and soy milks if you feel like limiting your dairy intake. Enjoy non-alcoholic sparkling wines for special occasions, or alternate alcoholic beverages with sparkling apple juice or grape juice. Keep up your water intake (we especially need to remember this living in the dry climate of New Mexico).


Juice for Health 

Try these juices at home and enjoy a hit of fresh fruits and vegetables.


Bridget’s Breakfast Juice:


1 green apple
1 red apple
1 pear
1 piece of ginger
1 lemon
1 orange
1 lime

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up:

1 punnet raspberries

1 punnet blueberries
1 red apple
1 green apple

Anytime Juice: (ingredients pictured above)

3 stalks celery

2 carrots
1 orange
1 piece of ginger
1 green apple

Just one more post from me and then it’s welcome to the year 2015! (This always reminds me of Back to the Future II, one of my favourite movies from childhood).

Bridget @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x

 
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