Healthy and holidays don’t often go together. The season starts off with a bountiful Thanksgiving feast that often entails stuffing, gravy, pumpkin pie, and other not-so-healthy traditional foods. From there, December involves various social functions where nutrition and healthy food is decidedly not on the menu or buffet table. By Christmas or Hanukkah dinner, you
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Fun, festivities, friends, family, and food play a significant part during the holidays, but the season also carries a dark side. And no, we’re not talking about the shorter days. Perhaps more than any other time of year, the holidays can trigger anxiety. While other mood disorders like depression get center focus, many of us
Ask your coworker or a family member how to stay healthy during the holidays. They’ll probably mention abstaining from that second piece of dessert, choosing more lean turkey and fewer starchy sides during Thanksgiving dinner, and being mindful when you indulge. All of these things contribute to healthy holidays, but one variable often gets overlooked:
Stress is often classified as a negative emotion, but a certain amount of stress can make you more resilient to life’s challenges and obstacles. “[T]he right amount of stress—whelmed but not overwhelmed—can be a great motivator,” says Susan David, Ph.D., in Emotional Agility, “As uncomfortable as it feels at times, it’s the stress that keeps
What you eat can dramatically impact your mood. You can likely recall eating a heavy meal — say, meat lasagna followed by a big piece of tiramisu — and subsequently feeling lethargic and moody. Or maybe you ate a big salad for lunch and felt invigorated and focused all afternoon. Conversely, your mood can influence