Holidays & Travel  

How to Bring Cheer When Loved Ones Aren’t Near

Are you feeling blue because your loved ones are far away during the holidays? You’re not the only one! The holidays can be a difficult time for those who cannot see their loved ones. Yet, with the help of technology, you can overcome this challenge. Here’s our tips on how to bring cheer when loved ones aren’t near.

Celebrate with Exercise*

If your loved ones are far away, a fun activity to do together would be to run, jog, or walk a virtual 5K*. Perhaps you are in the middle of your weight loss journey, and a 5K was a milestone on your list of goals. Whether you choose to do this solo with support, or to do it together, signing up for a work out will not only bring you closer, but allow you and your loved ones to overcome distance while covering distance! A few of our favorite virtual 5K’s this year include: “Run, Run Rudolph 5K”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas 5K”, and “Christmas Sweater 5K”.

Celebrate with Food

Being away from a holiday feast doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious holiday recipes. We’ve got RM3®-approved holiday recipes that will satiate and delight. In addition, we encourage you to get creative with a few of your traditional family recipes this year or to ask your family to try their hand at RM3®-approved holiday recipes as well. Download our new and improved RM Recipe app on your phone, and host a virtual meal where you can cook together in the kitchen.

Celebrate with Acts of Service

‘Tis the season of cheer and gratitude, and a positive attitude and an act of service goes a long way for those in need. Volunteering at a local soup kitchen or hosting a canned-goods drive can be a way to strengthen togetherness in your community, plus, studies find that helping others will boost your happiness. Raising money for a charitable cause that is close to your loved ones’ hearts is another way to involve your family and friends, while simultaneously creating joy during the holiday season.

Celebrate with Gifts and Holiday Cards

Santa can travel anywhere with the power of e-commerce. Host a “Secret Santa” to make packages more mysterious and fun for your family. Remember to wrap gifts with colorful wrapping paper and bows to heighten anticipation and excitement. Pick a time to unwrap gifts virtually, so you don’t miss your loved ones’ reactions. In addition, holiday cards are a nice way to catch up on correspondence while sending up-to-date photos. Create a special moment with an old-fashioned holiday card wishing warm greetings from afar.

*Always consult with your medical provider before beginning a new fitness routine. Patients following the RM3® program should limit their exercise to 30 minutes of low-impact activity per day.