Thanksgiving reminds us to be thankful for all of the things we have in our lives, but this time of the year is often followed by a period of extreme spending, consuming, and holiday madness.  For many, the holidays can be a very bright point in their year, but for others, it can be a time of loneliness and strained relationships.

No matter what boat you are in, take the time to appreciate yourself and those around you.  This year, we would like to remind everyone to find ways to give thanks for the little things — mind, body, and soul.

MIND: Take the small steps to keep yourself and those you love mentally healthy this season.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing.  According to the Mayo Clinic, SAD can cause low energy, moodiness, and even some cases of depression.  We are blessed with sunshine in Colorado, but we also get caught up in staying warm and indoors when the weather gets colder.

Don’t forget that getting outside is therapeutic, especially when you are spending time outside with a loved one or friend.

At the same time, don’t overwork yourself or give in to the holiday stress.  The rush to get work done before longer holidays can leave your patience short.  Get the work done, but don’t give yourself over to the stress.

Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are meant to be a time of brightness during the short, cold days.

BODY: Pumpkin pie, buttery mashed potatoes, glazed ham, holiday cookies, candy, and everything else can set you back with your overall health and fitness goals.  Going home for the holidays may mean leaving your hometown gym behind and spending otherwise structured time not meeting personal goals.

Staying accountable to your fitness may fall by the wayside.  Consider setting personal goals, joining an accountability group, and finding the time to get some daily exercise in.

commit-to-stay-fit-horizontalRAC is offering a completely free accountability fitness group led by certified personal trainer and nutritionist Ashley Talebi.  “Maintain Don’t Gain” offers a community of health and fitness support, conducted entirely online for your convenience.

For additional information, contact Ashley.Talebi@gmail.com, but be quick! The challenge begins Nov. 14th and runs through Jan. 20th.

Sometimes you just can’t avoid the holiday food goodies, but you can work towards making the small choices that will make a difference when the holidays come to a close.

SOUL: December is a spiritual month for many religions and a time of family for most people.  The message here is simple: respect whatever religion you have and, again, don’t get swept into the holiday madness.

Whether you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, the winter solstice, or simply enjoy the presence of family, use this time to honor your roots and nourish your soul.

– Mariah Wenzel, Marketing Assistant