Holiday Self-Care

November 29, 2016


In case you weren't aware, we are in the midst of the holiday season! For some people, this is an exciting time filled with love, happiness and spending time with the ones you hold dear. For other people, this time of year could trigger feelings of depression, anxiety, anger, sadness, panic, and utter madness.


However you feel during this time, there are a few things you can do maintain your balance and keep your "ish" together during the holidays and beyond.


1) Move that body:

Moving your body on a regular basis has so many benefits. You'll feel more energized and sleep better. Even a small amount of exercise a 2-3 times per week can help you reduce stress and manage your emotions when challenging circumstances arise. Scheduling time to work out either at home, outside, or at a gym will add to your overall experience of the holiday season.


2) Put the phone down:

We spend a lot of time connected. Whether it's checking emails, responding to texts, updating your social media posts, or reading up on the most recent current event, we are super to connected to people and things all the time. An easy way to find peace and balance during the holidays is to simply take a break from your phone, computer, and social media in general. Turning your phone off for 5min each day or having a cut off time for responding to emails and thumbing through your numerous timelines will greatly improve your mental energy and allow you to feel more peaceful. Leaving your phone in a different room while you sleep has been proven to increase sleep quality. Which leads into the next tip, SLEEP!


3) Go to sleep:

Staying up late to get the best online deals or to wrap all the gifts you've bought seems like a great idea in the moment, until the next morning. Sleep is one of the most important things we can do to heal or bodies and reduce stress. We've all been there before, not sleeping so we can complete certain tasks or to squeezed in the last episode of the show you've been binge watching. However, sleep, or lack thereof, is directly related to emotional management, weight loss, energy level, and brain functioning. You'll be able to mark so many more things off your holiday to-do list when you've had a full night of rest.


4) Easy on the sugar:

From Halloween to Valentine's Day, we are inundated with sweet treats. People bring holiday cookies to the office, shops and restaurants have special seasonal cakes, and let's not even talk about the pumpkin spice takeover. As amazing as these things smell and taste, sugar intake typically increases during this time of year, which wreaks havoc on our bodies, minds, and attitudes. Yes it tastes great while you are eating it, however, the after effects of processed sugar can be long lasting. Instead of abstaining from sweets altogether, find a balance. Try to find healthier versions of your favorite holiday treat, limit the amount of sweets you eat, add more salads or other healthy foods to your diet.


5) Treat yo self:

During this time of year, we are especially focused on others. We spend money on gifts for others and make sure we spend time with family and friends. Sometimes we fill our social calendars to capacity and wonder why we feel drained at the end of the day. Make sure you are carving out "me time." Whether that is time alone in your room, taking yourself to a movie, buying a special gift for yourself, or sleeping in. Take regular "me time" breaks as often as you can. This will help you remained balanced and have plenty of energy for others.


A self-care plan is a great way to make sure you do all 5 things on this list. Creating a self-care plan that is individualized just for you is a service that I offer. For more information, contact me! I'd love to assist you with developing a plan that will work for you. Self-care is your healthcare!

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