If you are like me, you are in full swing of the holiday season with a full calendar of events, parties, shopping, and cooking, and I am sure a few others. Are you already tired just thinking about it? Today I share with you a few of my “go-to” self-care things that I actually put a lot of attention to so that I can be at my best during the season and to be able to fully enjoy all that is happening.
5 Key Self-Care Must Do’s
Get enough sleep
Ok, I can already hear you laughing when you read that one! But seriously, getting enough sleep is critical for keeping a strong immune system, keeping a clear head and also for the aesthetics! Who wants dark circles and bags to go with the sparkly outfits? I do realize that it is not always possible to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night at this time of year but give yourself at least 3 nights of the week when you get a full night in and don’t be afraid to take a very short nap in the afternoon. I found this past week was exceptionally busy so tonight I have planned to go to bed early and get up early but making sure it amounts to at least 8 hours. I recently bought a Fitbit (I was actually against them for a long time (another moment I eat of never say never) and interestingly enough I use it to monitor my sleep more than anything else! Sad to say I was shocked but it has paved the way for me to correct the situation.
Food, food, food. We all love food and especially at holiday time. Having said that, in order to feel and look your best over the holidays and do all that you want, eating healthy is one of the critical ingredients. Now I am not saying to not eat the yummy butter tarts or shortbreads or the wine. Quite the contrary, just limit it. One of the best ways is to start your day with a green smoothie and get in as many nutrients as early as you can and you won’t feel nearly as guilty eating the sweet stuff. You want to savor every bit of those treats. This past 2 years I have significantly cut down on my sugar consumption and this year I don’t even really like admitting this but I did not enjoy my treats nearly as much. The butter tarts were way too sweet for me….which really helps keep it down to 1, not 1 dozen! Overall, you should be aiming for about 90/10 or 80/20 – good, healthy foods to treats.
For those that drink water on a regular basis, this may not be an issue. For others, this can be a challenge. This is especially true in the winter when we usually don’t drink water because of the lack of heat. Like all health things, everybody is different and has different requirements, but overall, I would aim for 7-8 glasses of water a day. This too I am recording on my Fitbit. I have to admit that this is the one thing that I struggle with the most BUT also makes the biggest difference in my well-being when I consume sufficient water. Add raspberries or lemon if you need to add a bit of flavor.
Set Boundaries –
I have spoken about this in my recent previous emails and it comes up over an over. This is a huge piece to keep you healthy emotionally over the holidays. When you are emotionally healthy you will have a better chance of sleeping better, eating healthy (fewer sugar binges) and feel better overall. With that being said, this can be really challenging at the holiday time. There are many family traditions that you may be up against which can add more tension. Taking baby steps to put in place boundaries, even if it is gradually over the years you will be better for it in the long run. Always come from a place of love and compassion and you will get much further!
Set aside some time for just you each week
This is a non-negotiable for me! Sunday morning for 1 hour is mine. No interruptions, no questions, no “is breakfast ready?” This is my time and I even keep it in place when we have visitors. I teach my morning rituals in my classes and have recently published a book/journal to assist with this ritual. (will be launched soon!). Figure out what works best for you and make it happen. This involves setting boundaries with others and yourself! Once you do this for a while you will not want to go a week without it. If you can do this daily, even better!
These are just 5 simple ways to be your best over the holidays. Take action, you are worth it!
Wishing you a fun-filled, exciting and magical season.
Love & Abundance,
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