Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Hi everyone!

This is just a short post to wish you all a wonderful holiday and a great New Year, and to those who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas!

I also would like to especially thank all my readers so much for visiting and supporting my blog this year – it means a lot to me!

I will take a short break during the holidays but will get back to writing after the New Year on issues that I think are important and helpful to other people in the health and fitness areas.

If you have been rushing around to get everything ready for the most special celebration of the year, I hope you now can spend the rest of the holidays on non-material things that matter most to you: your health and your family.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Eat a lot of healthy food and take care of your health. You definitely still can enjoy some festive food if you wish but if you do it wisely, you won’t be starting a new year with a few unwanted extra pounds. Please check out this post for some tips on enjoying your holiday and avoiding weight gain at the same time
  • Stay away from Christmas sales, Boxing Day sales, and New Year sales. People have been using shopping as a mood booster to de-stress and cope with other problems in life. However, retail therapy can make you feel good for only a short time and doesn’t make you happier. All material pleasures are short-lived. In addition, while there may be some items for sale at genuine discounted prices, they are designed to get you in the door and spend a lot of money on things you don’t really need. It’s not a good way to face a new year with a big credit card balance and the best way to avoid this is to stay away from those shopping outlets
  • Spend quality time with your family, for example take a nature hike, play some board games, go out for a movie together, have a picnic, or cook a family meal together
  • Spend as much time outdoors as you can and get plenty of sun exposure. The sun, the source of life, gives us more than just vitamin D, it makes us happier, strengthens our immune system, regulates our circadian rhythm, helps treat many health problems and reduce mortality, and it’s absolutely free too
  • Be physically active as much as you can. Being physically active has so many health benefits, from reducing stress, improving your mental health, preserving muscle mass, improving sleep quality, promoting general wellbeing to maintaining a healthy weight. Please check out this post for some tips on how to incorporate more movements into your days
  • Read a book, listen to music, spend time on your hobby, or learn something that you enjoy. As the saying goes, the best investment you can make is an investment in yourself
  • Write your gratitude journal or start a new one. Benefits associated with gratitude include increased happiness and life satisfaction, decreased materialism, and better psychological and physcial health.[1] You can start straight away tomorrow by simply sitting down first thing the morning and writing down 3 to 5 things which you feel grateful for. It has been a challenging couple of years for many of us, but we all still have a lot to be thankful for. If you need more guidance on how to start, here is a short guide from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center
  • Reflect on your past year and do a bit of planning for the next year or even your long-term future. If you’ve set your New Year’s resolutions in the past and fail to keep them, this post will show you how to set and nail your New Year’s resolutions successfully this year, please check it out.

These are also things that I plan to do this holiday with a focus on spending time with my family and planning for the next year.

Again, wish you all a great holiday and a fantastic year ahead!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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DisclaimerThe information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.

Sophia Le, PhD

I'm Sophia Le. A few years ago, I came across the carnivore diet by accident. I was intrigued and tried to find out as much as I can about this way of eating. On this site, I write about what I know so people who are interested can learn about it and make decisions that are best for their health.

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