Holiday Traditions and their Importance to our Health
By: Jennifer Sabol, Assistant Health Fitness Program Manager
Throughout the year families, friends, and individuals gather to celebrate a variety of holidays and traditions. Often holidays are a time to come together and celebrate, but can be stressful for others. Creating a tradition can allow us to create connections with others as well as have a sense of stability and familiarity which can benefit our mental health.
Some of my personal favorite traditions revolve around food. I have core memories of not only helping cook holiday meals, but also enjoying them around the table. Food is a great way to connect with others in a meaningful way.
If food is not your fancy, there are lots of other ways you can create a tradition to celebrate your holidays. Or perhaps you enjoy one that has been passed down through the years whether by culture, religion, or family. Whatever you choose, just know when done with intent and positivity, traditions can benefit your health with a sense of commonality and allow you to connect and celebrate with others more meaningfully!