Taking care of ourselves is always important, but at a time of year when we are so focused on “the best” ( best outfit, best party, best gift) it’s easy to pass over ourselves.
Staying healthy around the holidays is much more than stopping at a glass or two of bubbly, it’s a collection of small things that you can do to continue to be able to put your best foot forward all season long.
First things first- you need Christmas music! While I shared this playlist last Christmas, I’ve since upgraded to Spotify and found THE playlist for this season. You can find that here!
Doing simple things on a daily basis, like drinking lots of water and supplementing a diet of Christmas treats with fruits and veg will go a long way to keeping you healthy and happy this season. Other things, like getting enough sleep, planning me time, couple time, and family time are also critical to maintaining a healthy balance during the holiday season. Here are a few of my favourite ways to maintain my self care during the upcoming season:
- I take two supplements. While I can’t recommend supplements for you, I like to take vitamin D (as directed by my GP) to stave off any symptoms of SAD, as well as taking a magnesium supplement. Magnesium is a wonderful element that helps to relax the body and is perfect to take before bed. It helps prevent stiff muscles in the morning and I’m sure it helps me fall asleep much faster
- Amping up fruit and veg intake. Not only does this help to fill you up and leave little room for treats but fruit and veg contain high levels of nutrients that can help with stress and holiday frustrations. I also find that eating fruit and veg keeps my mind on healthy eating and reminds me to check myself and see if I’m really hungry or just want a holiday treat.
- Essential oils are a wonderful addition to any home and can provide many benefits. Finding a de-stress or calming blend can make the holidays seem that much less hectic. You can use a diffuser or simply mix a few drops of essential oils with a carrier oil (like olive, jojoba, or fractionated (liquid) coconut oil) and apply directly to pulse points.
- Finding time for me. Whether it’s having a bath, using a face mask or just getting up early to have your coffee in peace. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep and staying active are all going to keep you happy, healthy and maintain your self-care.
Taking time to care for yourself during the busiest time of the year will ultimately make it the happiest time of the year. And while it’s nice to have everything be perfect, remember that the holidays are about family, religion (should you observe) and giving. Don’t be too hard on yourself and enjoy the season!
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