To have, and to give. Your health can be not only a joy and source of satisfaction to you, but a powerful example for your loved ones, too. In this season of giving, this is a good thing to keep in mind. The stakes for good health are high, certainly, and yet not always high enough to be motivating. We have a peculiar misperception of hazards, as human beings; even real dangers can be put out of mind if they aren’t focused and urgent.
So, knowing that your own health can help shape the way of life your children enjoy, or your spouse, or even your friends and loved ones; this can be just the idea that puts good health habits, consciousness, and awareness perpetually on the top of your “inbox.” The holiday season is a perfect time to consider carefully this gift.
The Gift of an Example
If you’re the person your family depends on for those celebratory holiday meals, then the influence you could have on the whole family’s health – not just now, but for life – is very great, indeed. Those holiday meals not only set the tone for the celebration, but also show loved ones your insights and priorities about eating for health. This is much more important than it might seem, because so much of what we think about food comes from tradition, not nutrition. So as the family’s host or hostess, you have a lot to say about what those traditions become.
Menus are not the only place we can share the joy of health this holiday season. Showing your family that exercise is a part of everyday life, even during holiday celebrations, can create lasting memories that support the health of your loved ones for the rest of their lives. A friend distinctly remembers his dad bundling up and going out for a walk, while the rest of the family dozed into a turkey-and-mulled-wine stupor that seemed to end their day while there were hours left to enjoy. A family run or walk can become just as much a thing to look forward to as any televised football “bowl game.”
Safety is Healthy, Too
Good health in the holiday season means traveling safely, too. That’s a challenge that is easy to overlook in all the hustle and bustle. Traveling to the homes of friends and family, shopping and delivering gifts, venturing to the towns and cities of far-flung family members can all be taken so much for granted, as a normal part of the holiday scene, that we might overlook the risks involved, and even more often, we might allow the Holidays to distract us from safe driving, or even to compromise on keeping alcohol and automobiles separate.
During the holidays and all through the year, our practice is focused on offering the joy of health to you and the whole family. Just call us at 843-815-6468.