Diet & Nutrition

Maximize Your Health and Happiness this Holiday Season

At Schultz Financial Group (SFG), we view wealth differently through our Four Capital approach. Our team works with you to build your wealth across Four Capitals – Financial Matters, Physical Well-being, Intellectual Engagement, and Psychological Space. This post focuses on two of the four capitals: Physical Well-being and Psychological Space. Despite it being a celebratory time, the holiday season can provoke a variety of heightened emotions. Some may feel increased joy or excitement, while others may feel added stress, anxiety or even experience depression. This year’s holiday season may not be filled with the typical gatherings, Secret Santas and cookie swaps, but it is still important, perhaps even more so, to focus on your health and happiness. 

HEALTH

Seasonal Produce

Many fruits and vegetables are available year-round; however, evidence suggests that “eating seasonally” (eating produce when it grows naturally in your climate) has benefits such as: enhanced nutritional quality, reduced environmental impact, cost savings, increased variety and better taste. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

To eat seasonally:

*We also love the Italian Clean-the-Fridge Vegetarian Chili featured in the October issue of your Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter.

Physical Activity

Consuming nutritious food is only one part of supporting good health. Physical activity is another key component of healthy living. Rather than spending energy trying to ignore the delicious holiday treats, focus your energy instead on consistent daily movement. You may even find that by adding exercise to your routine, that extra cookie may not be as tempting!

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Daily Walk. Implement a daily walking routine. If you are pressed for time, schedule your walk during a work call. If you are planning to call a family member, try walking and talking rather than sitting and talking. 
  • Virtual Class. The opportunities to find workouts online have increased exponentially with this year’s gym closings. Check out your local gym’s website to see if they are offering virtual classes. 24 Hour FitnessLifetime and Planet Fitness have all implemented online classes. CorePower provides a robust yoga offering and OrangeTheory has taken their classes online. 
  • Fitness Platforms. In addition to virtual classes offered by gyms, there are many online fitness platforms. The Peloton app offers a variety of modalities, including cycling, walking, running, yoga, meditation, stretching and strength training. You don’t have to own their bike to use it. Obé Fitness offers a similar variety, with the addition of dance, pilates, cardio boxing and barre.
*Check out our previous blog post: 5 Steps to Building an Exercise Routine

 

HAPPINESS

Implementing either of the strategies above can foster health and happiness. Movement releases endorphins and supporting your health through a nutritious meal may elicit positive feelings. However, there are intentional strategies you can pursue to cultivate happiness throughout the holiday season.
 

Give Yourself Permission

You’ve probably been told, “Don’t be so hard on yourself.” Now is the time to heed that advice. Give yourself permission to fall out of your daily routine or to feel sad if you cannot see a family member this season. Honor how you feel and be as kind to yourself as you are to others.
 

Leverage Habits

Making big lifestyle changes during the holiday season can be challenging, but small wins are rewarding. Choose something small that you know will bring you joy, and commit to making it a habit.
 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Habit Stacking. Stack your happiness task with something you already do habitually. Use the structure: After/Before [current habit], I will [new habit]. For example, If calling a loved one brings you happiness, but you aren’t doing it as much as you’d like, try stacking the phone call with your habitual morning coffee. While you are waiting for the coffee to brew, make your phone call.  

  • Accountability. Research has demonstrated that voicing a commitment to an accountability partner increases the chance of success. Scheduling accountability appointments with your partner increases the chance of success even further. If you know that reading a book will bring you joy, tell a family member that you will call or text them daily after you have read for 30 minutes. You are now being held accountable by that family member and know you will receive a call after a missed day! 

Contribute

Try doing something for someone else. Bringing a smile to someone’s face will in turn bring you joy. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Get Creative. Make someone a gift. Creativity can be therapeutic and also can help you exercise mindfulness. Here is an extensive list to get you started.
  • Send a Card or Handwritten Letter. Given the advances in technology, sending a handwritten letter or a card just to say hello is rare, but is a meaningful act of kindness. Find a blank card with an uplifting image, write a nice note inside and send it to a friend. 

If you have other tried and true strategies to bring health and happiness to the holiday season, we’d love to hear from you!
 

Here’s to good health and abundant happiness this Holiday Season! 
 
References:
Clear, J. (2018). Atomic habits: Tiny changes, remarkable results: an easy & proven way to build good habits & break bad ones.
Wunderlich SM, Feldman C, Kane S, Hazhin T. Nutritional quality of organic, conventional, and seasonally grown broccoli using vitamin C as a marker. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2008;59(1):34-45. doi:10.1080/09637480701453637
 

Nicole Schultz Ninteau is the Physical Capital Resources Manager with Schultz Financial Group Inc.

Schultz Financial Group Inc. (SFG) is a wealth management firm located in Reno, NV. Our approach to wealth management is different from many other wealth managers, financial advisors, and financial planners. Our team of fee-only fiduciaries strives to help our clients build their wealth across four capitals: Financial Matters, Physical Well-being, Psychological Space, and Intellectual Engagement. We provide family office and wealth management services to clients located in Nevada, California, and other states. If you’d like more information, please check out our website or reach out to us via our contact page.

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