Hello my beautiful sisters!!! Is holiday season and let’s face it, it is so easy to get overwhelmed, tired and run down…IT IS UP TO US TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
So here are some of my favorite tips on How to take care of yourself during the Holidays!
and GET REAL WITH YOURSELF ABOUT DOING THEM
1. Take Deep Breaths
Breathing in for seven seconds, and out for 11 seconds, is a great way to become “centered and in the moment.” It’s definitely something worth mastering, especially if you have a full calendar that doesn’t leave a whole lot of “me” time available.
2. Don’t Depend On Alcohol To Calm You Down
It’s easy to resort to sipping on a glass or two more of wine when awkward family moments around the dinner table ensue, but alcohol is actually a really bad idea if you struggle with anxiety.
Because alcohol messes with your body’s natural levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters, downing more than a glass can spike feelings of nervousness. But, if you need spirits to lift yours, keeping servings to “a maximum of two glasses of ideally red wine, which has the most health benefits,” or mixing booze with sparkling water to lessen the effects.
3. Put A Limit On Your Gift-Giving
It’s easy to lose yourself in the season of giving. I know myself, and when I sit down to draft a list of who to buy for, I almost always include people on my list who I a) probably won’t see and b) consider distant friends. It’s really easy to get carried away when everyone is looking forward to giving and receiving, but from a monetary perspective, sometimes it’s just not realistic to go all out.
Prioritizing your inner circle is a great way to cut down on costs, psychologist and psychiatrist agree that the most meaningful gifts are the ones that probably cost very little. So, before getting wrapped up in the materialism of the holiday season, take a step back to consider what really matters most this time of year.
4. Remember To Treat Yourself, Too. Remember balance is key.
Holiday season is also grazing season, which means food on food on food. While some people can indulge in desserts and decadent entrees without a second thought, for those who struggle with weight, or really want to feel their best throughout out , the holiday season can be especially tough to muddle through.
The key to eating through the season is to remember this only happens once a year, so it’s not only OK to treat yourself, it’s encouraged. After all, your mom only makes those delicious gingerbread cookies during Christmas, so why miss your one chance of the whole year to enjoy them?
BALANCE is the NAME OF THE GAME . “Remember that you get to choose what you eat even when you get pressure from friends and family members,” so always take a minute to DECIDE to eat it or NOT. and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.
5. Practice Gratitude
‘Tis the season of giving, but ’tis also the season to lose yourself to commercial gimmicks and the demand of material goods.
You may find yourself wanting things just because, or spending a ton of money on presents for people you don’t actually consider all that close to you. So, when the giving and receiving portion of the holiday season gets to your head, remind yourself to stop for a second, and think about everything you have to be grateful for in this life.
“Take a moment to recognize and be proud of how far you have come,” “Share the gratitude and solutions to your struggles openly; it is a gift to our hearts and removes any shame anyone is feeling.”
6. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
Sure, when you’re feeling a little anxious, it probably feels best to pass up on party invitations and kick it on the couch with Netflix and a blanket. But the benefit to having loved ones around during the holidays is that you always have a shoulder to lean on when the going gets tough.
The best way to lessen emotional triggers and stay calm throughout the holiday season is to have someone, or even a few loved ones, who you know and trust and feel comfortable confiding in. “Do what you need for yourself, and encourage other family members to do the same.”
At the end of the day you do not get what you DO NOT ASK FOR!
I hope everyone is gathering for an amazing Holiday season!!!
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Love you all