The Joys of a Healthy Christmas

It is past Christmas maybe, by a day or two, but the spirit of the festive season is still in the air although many would have gone back to their usual daily activities. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is the season of love, the season of Joy, the season of sharing and caring. Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. People come together to engage in merry making. Lots of gifts to be shared, (Christmas cards, hampers, food items, treats and the like) as it is a time of giving and receiving. Indeed it brings with it a wonderful feeling.
Unlike past years, this year’s Christmas wasn’t much anticipated as it didn’t come with its usual vibe. So many individuals putting the blame on the country’s economical state neglecting the joys brought by this wonderful season.

The Joys:

Christmas meals

This treat is a major source of joy during Christmas. Most people forget what the celebration is all about, but would never forget their Christmas meal or meals. Some individuals have these meals in large proportion that they go on eating these meals days after Christmas. These very tasty meals could however be very high in calories, sugars, unhealthy oils, fats and different types of meats.

Family togetherness

Christmas is accompanied with heightened expectations of family togetherness. It improves togetherness amongst family members as many families make long trips to be with other members of their extended family and friends.

Boxing Day

That day after Christmas which is not actually a day of throwing punches as most Nigerians often misinterpret jokingly. Boxing Day is a day of sharing Christmas boxes to workers and friends and also opening these boxes.

Christmas could have both positive and negative impacts on our health. However, it’s a season of celebration and togetherness; so many believe that its positive effects supersedes its negative effect. Still have it in mind that Christmas can be one of the most celebrated yet equally stressful time of the year. Have it in mind that the same way a sick individual would find difficulties in celebrating the season would be the same way a healthy individual would find difficulties celebrating the season in an unhealthy manner.

A healthy Christmas comes with amazing health benefits. Here’s a general overview of Christmas Benefits on Our Health

It gives you a break from all the hustles and bustles of the year.

It helps you relax properly if you so desire, due to the public holidays.

Christmas helps in reducing your stress levels through engagement in relaxing and enjoyable activities with family members and friends. Stress reductions have been linked with better cardiovascular health, improved health, and an improved control over weight gain.

Christmas also aids in enhancing your brain’s performance. It creates good memories that may store in the brain forever.

Christmas provides one of the most nutritious meals. These meals are a very good source of balanced diet. If you haven’t had that nutritious Christmas meal, it isn’t late yet.

However, do not forget that some of these meals may also be high in calories and unhealthy fats and oils like we said earlier.

Hence, try to eat in moderation and watch what you eat carefully.

  • Most of the meals contain all the classes of food needed by your body to perform actively, however try to stick to meals cooked from the scratch as these are often times the healthiest.
  • You may also need to watch your consumption of carbonated and sugary drinks.
  • Watch out for over-eating and avoid constipation.

Known to be a source of Joy; Christmas helps in boosting joy, happiness and laughter which have positive effects on our health. It also improves togetherness amongst family members as many families make long trips to be with other members of their extended family and friends. For some relationships, years of disagreements and discord may eventually be smoothened out during this season.

HealthFactsNG wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Advance

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