The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, the holiday season can also be the most stressful time of year.. As your December calendar fills up with shopping, school concerts, holiday parties, cookie swaps, dinners and worry about budgets, it can be very stressful leading up to the final enjoyment of the holiday season. With all the excitement and booked schedules, self care often takes a back seat.
Tips for Self Care this Holiday Season
1. Be in the moment – Try not to think about the next thing you need to do and enjoy this moment right now!
2. Lists! I am a big fan of lists. Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed, I break out the paper and pen and make a list. It helps me organize all my to do’s and nothing feels as good as checking each item off the list!
3. Take the time to fuel well – Knowing this time of year includes many idulgences, does not mean you need to forget all about fueling yourself with nourishing foods. Continue to eat balanced meals and snacks w/ protein, fiber, and healthy fats. This will keep your energy level up and prevent overindulgences.
4. Take time for you – If you can’t fit in a full workout, then fit in a mini workout! 20 minutes of movement; walk, yoga, HITT, spinning, or running will help decrease stress, aid in digestion, and boost your mood. I treat my self-care as a selfless act, because I know when I am taken care of, I can take better care of those around me.
5. Learn to say no – To maintain balance during the holiday season, you may need to say yes to some and no to others. You will feel better to commit and show up versus canceling as you took on too much.
Don’t let the stress get you down. This should be the time of year to slow down and enjoy time with friends and family. Prioritize your time, take time for you, practice gratitude. Those who practice making time for themselves, have improved health, less anxiety, and are more optimistic. This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to experience the joy of gratitude and self care!
Wishing you a Very Happy Holiday and a Healthy New Year!
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