How can Mrs. Santa stay healthy over the holidays?
Every other woman is saying, “I am so busy keeping everyone else healthy, during the holiday season, that I really don’t have time to look after my own health.”
Here are some Mrs. Santa health-oriented tips, for women to consider during the holiday season.
1. Begin with having a positive attitude about the holidays. Look forward to them and plan to enjoy the holiday season with your special Santa, your children and other family or friends, even though you know that you are going to be very busy, or placed under various kinds of stress.
2. Follow your normal guidelines for healthy eating. Eat extra fruit and vegetables that are high in vitamins and iron. Always avoid eating or drinking in excess. Keep a close eye on your weight, as every extra pound that you put on during the holidays, will have to be taken off again. Enjoy holiday treats, but cut out as much extra sugar as possible, because it will make you feel tired. Eating extra meat or protein, will help to maintain or even increase your energy level. Eat healthy party snacks like popcorn, cheese and crackers of various kinds, instead of cookies, cakes and pastries.
3. Remember to take your medications regularly, exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not skip any of them, just because you are busy. You cannot take care of others, unless you take care of yourself first, Mrs. Santa!
4. Make certain that you get enough sleep at night. It is often a good idea to try to have some extra sleep, when it is possible to do so. Take a cat nap during the day, every now and then. After all, as Mrs. Santa, you deserve it!
5. Book an extra day off work if possible, so that you can catch up on all of the things that need to be done. It is not just Santa, who is extremely busy during the holidays.
6. Encourage your Santa and other family members to assist you at home. Reward them when they do. Delegate special tasks to Santa, children or other family members, so that as Mrs. Santa, you do not feel that you have to do everything for everyone, all of the time. As your helpers, it will make them feel like they are part of the holidays too. Encourage each one to assume as much responsibility as possible, for the things that need to be done.
7. Organize family, school, church or community events, in such a way that you are not placed under undue stress. Make a point of attending and enjoying special occassions, as this will give you a chance to relax, even if it is only for a short while. You will find them refreshing, at the end of a busy day. Always try to keep Christmas in its proper perspective. Remember that your mental and emotional health, are just as important as your physical health, Mrs. Santa!
8. Spend some extra time together as a family, doing things that will help everyone to relax and enjoy the holidays. Plan to participate in the kinds of activities that will give you some outdoor exercise too. Or simply go for a walk with Santa.
9. For last minute Christmas presents, consider purchasing indoor, or outdoor exercise equipment, that you, Santa, your children and other family members or friends can enjoy together.
10. Relax beside a fireplace with Santa, or sing Christmas carols together. You might enjoy watching videos or dvd’s, together as a family. Practice meditation and yoga when you have a spare moment.
11. Treat yourself to a spa and some pay extra attention to your own personal hygiene, during the holiday season. Bathe and wash your hair regularly, as it will help you to look and feel good.
12. Book an appointment with your hairdresser, so that you have a fresh, easy to care for hairdo, for the holiday season. Do that especially for Santa!
13. Invest in some new clothing or cosmetics, for yourself. A comfortable jogging suit, a soft sweater and a new pair of slacks, or a colorful skirt, will help you to feel good about yourself. Find a different color of lipstick, a fresh scented powder or perfume, just for fun. Santa will love that!
14. Hang up your Christmas stocking, along with everyone else’s. Expect Santa to bring something special for you too. He most certainly will, because you deserve it.
15. Avoid large crowds, or special events, in order to prevent catching colds, flu or diarrhea, when you suspect that there may be an outbreak in your area. If anyone becomes ill, stay at home, rather than spreading infections to others. Make certain that you seek proper medical treatment for any health related problems that you may encounter over the holidays.
16. Expect and enjoy a little bit of chaos with Santa, during the holiday season. That is normal! Remember that unnecessary anger or frustration could harm your health, as well as that of others.
Following these health-oriented tips may help you, Mrs. Santa, Santa, your children and the rest of your family and friends to have a healthy holiday season. Have a very Merry Christmas!