STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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chemistry and genetics; drug and alcohol abuse; and social factors such as financial problems, family breakdown, isolation or violence.


People with positive mental health work productively, cope with the stresses of life, realize their full potential and make meaningful contributions to their communities. You can maintain positive mental health by connecting with and helping others, getting help if needed, staying positive, remaining physically active, getting enough sleep and developing coping skills.

Mental health affects how we act, feel and think as we cope with life. It includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Mental health also determines how we relate to others, make choices and handle stress. Good mental health is a sense of self-esteem and confidence. It is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence right through adulthood. According to estimates, only about 17 percent of U.S adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health.


The World Health Organization (WHO) says mental health is not just the absence of any mental disorders. WHO stresses good mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.


Mental illnesses,are serious disorders that can affect your behavior, mood and thinking. There are various causes of mental disorders, including biological factors. Your family history and genes could play a role, and even your life experiences, such as a history of abuse or stress, may impact your mental health.


Mental illness results from complex interactions between the body, mind and environment. Factors that could contribute to mental illness are acute, long-term stress; biological influences such as hormones,

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HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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