Self-Care Over The Holidays: Tips + Wishlist
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Can you believe there are only nine days left until Christmas? I can’t. It’s been so busy lately that I have a hard time believing it’s December at all! But here we are, almost ready to welcome a brand new year and say goodbye to one that was, for a lot of us, not the best one yet.
But that just means the best one is coming, right?
That’s what I believe + am speaking into reality for 2019! 2018 almost - almost - kicked my butt. Between some health issues that are (thankfully) looking up and every day stress, I can only say that 2018 was a year for growth…and the growing pains that come with it. My hope for 2019 is that it’s a year for blooming.
Until then, I’m going to enjoy the holidays and all that comes with them! But we all know how stressful they can be, especially this close to Christmas! The pressure is on to grab the perfect presents, decorate, and plan a huge meal for the whole family, not to mention keeping up with everyday responsibilities like dishes and vacuuming and working out! I don’t know about you, but my daily yoga practice has faltered some since Thanksgiving, and I could tell when I hit the mat this morning.
In an effort to turn that around + curb the stress of the end of the year, I decided to put together a little list of self-care tips + treats! Read on :)
Holiday Self-Care Tips
1. Get those zzz’s in.
There’s no way to express how important regular sleep is. I struggle with a go-go-go mindset (especially during my week in New York). I feel like there’s too much to do and not enough time, so I stay up too late and wake up early to get it all in. The result? 5 hours of sleep, too much coffee, and a version of myself that is neither holly nor jolly.
mindbodygreen has an incredible article about the importance of sleep, but the bottom line is that your brain and body can’t function properly unless it’s allowed to rest and repair. That means that those 8 hours need to be nonnegotiable, no matter how busy the season is. It’ll also help keep off the holiday pounds and boost your mood.
2. Find a moment to breathe.
Whether it’s meditating or taking an epsom salt bath, take a second to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet for yourself. I know how hard it is to rationalize it, but the truth is, unless you take care of you, you can’t take care of others. Plus, epsom salt baths help ease anxiety, tension, and aches and pains while allowing your body to soak up all that magnesium goodness (because you’re probably deficient + we could all use a little more of it).
3. Take the guilt factor out of food.
The mindset we have toward holiday food is more hurtful than the holiday food itself! If you want a Christmas cookie, have one. If you want turkey and dressing, have it. And enjoy it. Don’t feel guilty. But also remember moderation, and try to stay active. Taking a walk after a big meal helps with digestion, and I can’t say enough about how important it is to keep to a regular yoga practice! Not only will it help create a more mindful holiday, it keeps your body moving and detoxing, no matter how many holiday cookies you sample!
The Ultimate Holiday Self-Care Wishlist
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Do you have any secrets for self-care over the holidays? Let me know in the comments below!