Stay Mindful, Healthy and Motivated This Holiday Season!

Everywhere you go, stores are decorating and putting out their Christmas retail. Although you are excited about the extra family and friend time, events, shopping, cooking, and eating, it does take a toll on your day-to-day routine. Every year can be a challenge; to keep get to that Pilates class, boost your immunity, stay true to yourself, and still enjoy all the extras the holiday season offers. We have put together a list to help guide you in the right direction!

Make a Daily List!

It can be hard to plan out your holiday schedule and everything you need to accomplish. Grab yourself a fun holiday diary or journal and start making lists. To get you in the holiday spirit, try this planner from Etsy. You can record purchase ideas, to-do lists, and have your schedule in one place, and it has a fun holiday design. Make your list in order of priorities each day. Do not forget that Pilates class at Power Pilates UK! Place that on your schedule as an appointment. Remember, overcommitment and overscheduling can make this time of year more of a hassle rather than enjoyment.

Try to keep your normal sleep routine.

Late nights are inevitable this time of year. Lack of sleep can make you feel groggy during the day. After a while, you may begin to feel sleep deprivation, which affects your concentration, energy, and your mood. Be consistent with your bedtimes and wake-up times as much as possible. Make sure your bedroom is dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature. Take a break from electronic devices before bed, and avoid late large meals, caffeine, or alcohol; a challenging feat with late-night parties. However, if you consciously put down that last cocktail and make yourself a cup of chamomile tea before bed, your body will thank you for it. Also, you can swap out the alcoholic drinks for these festive mocktails and still fit in with the crowd. You will feel much more energized at the Sunday Pilates without the holiday hangover.

Create time in your day to recharge

Recharging could be as simple as meditation, journaling, or a leisurely walk. Make an effort to be outdoors in nature if you can; a nice walk in the forest, a beach, or even a park is always a great way to relax and recharge if you are a bit stir-crazy. Get your body moving at the beginning of your day. Start with a quiet routine to stretch and wake up your body, or use your Dynamic Pilates Class as your hour to yourself. No phone, no distractions and a great supportive environment.

Love crafting, baking and decorating? Then go for it!

Schedule some time to enjoy it with family or friends. Why not make a gathering around the festivities. There are plenty of recipes for healthy holiday favorites modified for all dietary needs.

Eat healthy and Boost that Immunity

Holiday food and baked goods all over, and often you find yourself constantly eating or overeating. It is so easy to overindulge in all the yummy holiday treats. Slow down, appreciate and enjoy the food you are eating. There is no rush. Stop eating when you feel full (not stuffed), and eat when you feel hungry, not because food is available. Make eating your focus during meals, and reduce distractions like phones or tv. Eat immunity-boosting foods, and stick to a healthy routine at home. Try these immunity-boosting breakfast recipes to start your day and these immunity-boosting drink recipes to replenish and boost your immunity.

Keep your exercise routine scheduled.

Don’t give up on that exercise routine you work so hard to keep. When you attend a regular Pilates or fitness class: it establishes a routine, energizes you, and keeps you looking good in that holiday dress. Make sure you continue to schedule your Pilates classes at least two weeks in advance. To make it easy you can download the Mindbody app on your phone and link it to your calendar.

Enjoy the festivities

Remember to have fun and let loose a little bit. Enjoy local festivities like craft bizarre, tree lighting, or holiday brunch. Don’t forget to relax and if everything doesn’t go to plan, it is ok. Put down your phone, enjoy the holiday sights and smells of the season, and the company you keep.

Have a happy and healthy holiday from all of us here at Power Pilates UK!