December 15, 2016
Self-Care Tips For the Holiday Season by Tasha Turnbull
Self-care has been trending as of recently and for good reason. Too often, the holidays are filled with tons of travel, holiday parties, spending more money than usual on gifts, food, and clothes to wear to all of your holiday parties. The stress of keeping up with all the hustle and bustle and make everyone around you feel happy can cause you to get burned out. The holidays should be a time of laughter and joy with friends and family; and our overall health and wellness should not suffer in the process of it. To make sure you do not start 2017 tired and sluggish, check out our top 7 self-care tips you need to add in to your routine today.
1) Breathe. Something simple as taking in deep breaths can help to lower your stress level and blood pressure, and clear your mind. Try to engage in taking a few deep breaths twice a day during the holiday season.
2) Get a massage. Stress can manifest itself physiologically in the body, creating tension in the shoulders, back, and legs, which can lead to a number of different health issues. Aim to get a 60 minute massage to help reduce cortisol, adrenaline, headaches, fatigue, as well as muscle and joint pain.
Remember To Be Grateful
3) Remember to be Grateful. Writing down everything your thankful for this year helps you to put things in perspective and reminds you the real things you enjoy in life do not cost a thing.
4) Get together with girlfriends to relax. There is nothing like some old-fashioned girl talk around food and plenty of laughs to get you in the true sense of the season. Instead of group texting during the season, plan to get together with your girlfriends at least once this December to take your mind off your to-do list and catch up with what’s really going on with your girl friends.
5) Start a new family tradition. Planning and sticking to some family traditions can be overwhelming, if you have to compete with how your Grandma and Aunts did things back in the day. Instead of putting the extra pressure on yourself to make things perfect, create a new tradition that is a bit more simple and involves everyone helping out and leaves more time for you to relax.
6) Workout. Often times, all we need is an outlet to relieve stress during the holidays. Aim to get in quick 30 minute workouts 2 to 3 times a week. Studies show working out helps to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. Make you a priority by taking care of that body during the holidays.
7) Stop Being Noisy- Cut back on Social Media. Religiously checking to see where your friends are headed for the holidays or what new shoe and dress your favorite influencer is wearing can cause unnecessary jealousy, stress and frustration. Use this time to take a few days off of social media and enjoy your time with family and friends. Remember, stalking the lives of other people online doesn’t bring you closer to your goals. Focus on you, your achievements, and your circle; as those things matter most.