- 1. Eat breakfast. Emphasize protein rather than carbohydrates at breakfast.
- 2. Eat protein at every meal to support stamina, endurance and immunity.
- 3. Include healthy fats and oils to calm your system.
- 4. Keep blood sugar stable by eating regular meals.
- 5. Eat something healthy BEFORE you go to a holiday party.
- 6. Stress depletes B vitamins, C, magnesium and zinc. Include nuts, seeds, berries, whole grains, fermented foods.
- 7. Avoid excess sugar and sweets.
- 8. Limit alcohol intake.
- 9. Avoid Caffeine. Try a cup of Ginseng Tea instead.
- 10. Drink plenty of water.
- 11. Exercise every day (even if only a 20-30 minute walk).
- 12. Practice good sleep habits. Get at least 7 hours each night.
- 13. Consider boosting your resilience with nutrients and herbs that support your capacity to deal with stress, combat exhaustion and burnout.
- 14. Use a digestive enzyme with heavy holiday meals.
- 15. Take 10-30 minutes of sacred time daily to rest, relax, meditate, unwind
- 16. Practice gratitude and random acts of kindness to boost your immune system and decrease your stress.
The positive effect of kindness on the immune system and on the increased production of serotonin in the brain has been proven in research studies. Serotonin is a naturally occurring substance in the body that makes us feel more comfortable, peaceful, and even blissful. In fact, the role of most anti-depressants is to stimulate the production of serotonin chemically, helping to ease depression.
Research has shown that a simple act of kindness directed toward another improves the functioning of the immune system and stimulates the production of serotonin in both the recipient of the kindness and the person extending the kindness. Even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness have similar beneficial results. Imagine this! Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved!– Wayne Dyer