Are you as amazed as your Wilmington holistic dentist that it’s already December?! Where did 2019 go? We hope this year has been filled with positivity and prosperity. It’s always nice to check in with one another at this time of year, on friends and family.
December can be a hectic, even trying time for some people. With all of the holiday festivities that come about, for some people it’s overwhelming in different ways. It can be a challenge to stay on top of not only your oral health needs, but also your overall well being. It’s because even though this season can be filled with wonder and joy, it’s also a time when stress arises along with our weight.
Let’s take a few minutes in this blog to find ways where we can all help ourselves stay healthy (in mind, body, and spirit) this month and beyond.
One of the biggest added pressures of the holiday season is stress. It can be caused by the need to travel, the burden of additional costs, and family issues. Your holistic dentist in Wilmington will tell you that stress can cause issues with your oral and overall health. When you’re stressed you’re less likely to remember or even want to keep up with your regular dental care routine at home. This could put your teeth and gums at risk, especially when there are usually an abundance of sweets and sugar treats this time of year. Remember to be realistic about what you can and cannot accomplish. Don’t be afraid to say no. Prioritize and always make time for yourself.
You’ll want to keep stress to a minimum too because it can disrupt your sleep. When you’re tired, it can be easier to overeat. Your mood could also be affected, and you could spend your holidays feeling tired and worn down. It could even increase your risk for getting the cold or flu. Try for at least six to nine hours of shut eye each night.
Whether you’re an exercise guru or you’re just stepping onto a yoga mat for the first time, now’s a great time to find a workout that works out for you. If you’re a gym regular, this time of year and the busy schedules can disrupt your regular routine. It’s easy to want to skip it altogether. If possible, try to aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every week. Watch what happens when you’re finished breaking a sweat. Your body will feel more alive with energy, flowing free with happiness inducing endorphins.
We know everyone always says this during the holidays, eat right and don’t drink too much. But the truth is – it’s true! If you choose to consume alcoholic beverages, try to keep them to a minimum. And don’t forget to brush afterwards, especially drinks like red wine that can stain. It’s always a good idea to stay hydrated with water throughout the holidays. Try to drink about half your body weight in ounces of water each day. When you’re out shopping or doing holiday errands, carry a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up on the go.
With all of the decadent food options that might come you way, try to remember to eat as healthy as possible to avoid weight gain or a disruption in your digestive health. Balance the foods that you indulge on with fruits and veggies for a good supply of vitamins and minerals. Your body and smile will thank you with enriched overall health.
At our Wilmington holistic dental office, we’ll be the first to tell you that there’s one more thing you need to do this holiday season: take care of you. This time of year is certainly about giving and doing for others, but don’t forget about you. Even if it’s as simple as taking a bath or reading that book you’ve been putting off, take some time to simply unwind.
If you have questions about your smile health, please don’t hesitate to call All About Smiles, Wilmington’s most trusted holistic dental office. We’re here for you and your smile!
It all adds up to better health, smile, body, and spirit!