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The best gift you can give to anyone this Christmas is a HEALTHY YOU!christmas-heart-1

Has Christmas stopped being the most wonderful time of the year? …

Amidst all the excitement and merriment associated with the Christmas season, a lot of people can still relate with suffering from lots of health related challenges such as persistent headaches, sleep problems, emotional drain, body aches, depressive symptoms, anxiety and overall stress during such time.

Although the Christmas season is typically filled with celebration among friends and loved ones, it however can be an overwhelming period as well because in a bid to partake in the joy of the season, many may sometimes end up wrecked and unable to fully enjoy the benefits of the season as much as they hoped to. Also, during this season, it is quite easy to get so caught up with doing “too much” for every other person except YOU. Yes YOU!

You too deserve to enjoy Christmas, most importantly, you deserve to be in good health because that’s the only way you will be able to make a remarkable impact in the lives of others. Be rest assured that;

You will be a better father this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better mother this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better brother this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better sister this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better partner this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better friend this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better relative this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better YOU this Christmas, if you stay healthy

christmas1Let’s try something different this year. Don’t let this Christmas be just another one, choose to make it an outstanding one by being mindful of your health, eliminating unhealthy habits and maintaining a positive lifestyle.  

To do this, you need to first try to identify habits or lifestyles that trigger ill health for you. For example, if trying too hard to please everybody gets you overwhelmed and anxious, then quit that. Do only as much as you can and don’t wallow in guilt over what you could not do, be grateful instead for the much you can do.

Try the following and watch how much of this Christmas you can save up for yourself to enjoy.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALL

  • If you can’t handle all the planning – get or pay someone else to do it on your behalf
  • If you can’t handle all the cooking – get or pay someone else have it done.
  • If you can’t handle all the decoration – get or pay someone else to do it for you
  • If you can’t get all the shopping done- get or pay someone else to do it on your behalf
  • Also, don’t try to be OMNIPRESENT– you can’t be everywhere, attend to only as much as you can handle.

HAVE A PLAN B AND IF POSSIBLE, PLAN C

To avoid disappointments, ensure to plan appropriately concerning everything. Plan for finances, have a budget, plan for the gifts, plan for guests that you can handle and know when to draw the line in all aspects. Have back up plans just in case plan A does not work. This way, you’ll be less anxious and be more prepared for whatever surprises this season brings along with it.

LAUGH MORE

Laughter is the best medicine as popularly said, make it a practice this season to laugh a whole lot. You can get funny movies, comedy and anything that can get you laughing heartily. Enjoy quality time laughing this Christmas, you deserve to laugh!

PRACTICE MINDFULNESS IN ALL YOU DO

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental practice of moment to moment awareness of your thoughts, emotions, feelings and the influence of external stimuli on your internal functioning. Be mindful of how you feel physiologically and mentally at all times and know when to stop to take a break. It will be beneficial to schedule frequent breaks into your daily itinerary to relax. You can start practicing mindfulness by simply being aware of your breathing and taking deep slow relaxing breaths as often as you can as you go through the days in this season.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Give yourself the best treatment this Christmas. Sleep well, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, stay hydrated, get a spa treatment if possible, do what you enjoy, don’t hold grudges, forgive easily and make every moment count!
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Remember to stay healthy this Christmas for yourself and for your loved ones.

We wish you a Merry Christmas from all of us at Mobile Health Consult.

Follow me on twitter @DrMorayoJimoh for more exciting updates!

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Author: mhcbiofeedback

Dr. Morayo Jimoh, a Chartered Educational Psychologist, is also a neurofeedback therapist in private practice. She obtained a Doctoral degree in the field of Psychology of Education from University of South Africa (UNISA). She is a member of the following associations: 1. Association for Applied psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB); 2. International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR); and 3. American Psychological Association (APA). 4. British Psychological Society 5. Psychological Society of South Africa Her field of interest is neuropsychological learning disabilities in children. Dr. Morayo Jimoh is a lecturer in Child Development in the Department of Early Childhood Education and Development under Distance learning at University of South Africa.

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