As holiday time is upon us it’s the perfect time to reset and recharge. Reset and recharge meaning get some fresh new habits beginning as this is the perfect time and especially great for kids.
During the year did you get upset with certain aspects of your daily life? These are the parts we need to work on to improve during our break to get ready for next year.
Were the kids on tech too much?
Were you on tech to much?
Did you put on some extra weight?
Did the kids become lazy in their habits?
Do you need more help around the house?
or are you Feeling lethargic?
All of these aspects can be fixed through creating new habits. New habits can be started in the holidays and continued throughout the year. The feeling that comes with holiday and happy habits becomes addictive to everyone in the household. When we create good family habits they are then associated to happy times.
However also its important to have an awareness of creating ‘bad habits’ in this time as they are even harder to break upon returning to work and school. We tend to use the excuse ‘oh it’s Christmas’ however the health balance is key to maintaining overall wellness and getting a good start to 2018.
Best adult tips for health on holidays:
Avoid drinking alcohol every day during the holidays. (I hear you screaming) It is possible to set personal goals to only have alcohol on certain days. Replace with other drinks like mineral waters, mocktails made on coconut water and hydrate often.
b.truth: I personally eat anything I want on Christmas day and switch back on Boxing day to normal food intake. The same goes for New Years Eve – what ever I want and then back on track.
Keep in mind the longer you over eat ‘double the time stuck in the habit’. Meaning the time to retrain you brain back on track is twice the time. Eg. Eat everything for 2 days – means 4 days for you to get you mind and body out of the habit. Eat rubbish for 6 days means 12 days to break the mind and body function habits. The longer you do it the harder it is…
Remember all the food you made and others gave you DOES NOT have to be eaten. Take smaller portions and enjoy the taste of each bite. Leftovers can be the biggest weight gain pain so give away as much as you can.
My top 5 Habits to start this holiday season for the family include:
- Start the kids every morning to become more active: get up get dressed and out the door. Add scooters, skateboards, bikes, running, skipping, anything active together. When you arrive home after 30-45mins – eat breakfast and set about getting them on a family chores list.
- No tech until 10am: This is the most important time of the day to be off tech and Tv or kids. Obviously if the adult needs to work this is important but avoid the Youtube addictive scroll and social flick at this time. I personally say to my kids – phones off ‘Time for 3D world’ tech goes away on family docking and they appreciate the redirection.
- Hydrate and Water: encourage water consumption for the kids by putting infused water jugs on the bench and glasses a ready. Set goals for the kids to drink a certain amount of water daily. Not only will this stop headaches and hydrate but if will encourage water drinking for the year to come.
- Fruit platters and healthy options at eye height in the fridge rather than the left over double filled chocolate cake. All foods that are treat food put in containers towards the top shelf and near the back.
- Set a family fitness goal: we will walk up this mountain, we will surf everyday, we will ride our bikes to a certain point, we will learn a new trick. Encouraging kids to set personal goals of things they would like to achieve by the end of the holidays is fun and enticing. It may be a simple as doing a handstand on a wall but encouraging safe risk taking and body movements creates confidence in young bodies and minds.
Have a great holiday and wishing you continued health and happiness leading into this last 13 days before Christmas!