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Holiday Self-Care

Holiday Self-Care

The holidays are fun and joyful…and a stressful hot-mess. It is essential that you take small steps to focus on your self-care. Below are three simple, no-cost ways to practice self-care during the holiday season.

  1. Try mindful eating. Somewhere between the third helping of stuffing and the ninth cookie, you probably stopped enjoying the holiday meal and simply ate because it was there. A great way to enjoy all your holiday favorites and take care of your body, is to stop mindlessly shoveling and start mindfully eating. If you’re new to the concept, mindful eating is the act of being fully present to experience your food. Let’s try it using a holiday classic as an example—a sugar cookie.

First, find a cozy place to sit and remove all distractions—no music, phone, etc. Now, look at your cookie and observe its texture. Does it have colored sprinkles? Are they pretty? Next, smell the cookie. What does it smell like? Does it remind you of happy holiday memories? Next, take a bite. Let it sit on your tongue for a moment. Feel it in your mouth. Let the sugar sprinkles slowly melt. Taste it. Enjoy it. Swallow it. Take a breath and a simple pause. Ok, take another bite and repeat.

Try this once a day, or even just the first bite of the meal. You deserve to experience all the joy and energy your food provides.

  1. Focus on gratitude. Did you know that practicing gratitude is proven to release those feel-good neurochemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin? <It’s science.> Much like mindful eating: it’s simple, free, and you can start today. Studies show that all you need to do is write down three things that you are grateful for. The holidays are a wonderful time to start a gratitude journal because it allows you to focus on what is truly important. (And don’t forget the kiddos. If you have small children in your family, you can introduce them to a gratitude practice with a Gratitude Family Game. Try this game by Parent Self-Care.)
  1. Breathe, rest, repeat. Although it seems to be more of a throw-pillow-mantra than a self-care practice, it is essential during the holidays. With all the events and pressures of the holiday season, sometimes we only have time for micro-moments to ourselves. Knowing a few breathing techniques to help you calm and center yourself can be the perfect self-care moment when your strange aunt arrives. Try the 4-7-8 breathing pattern: breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 7 counts, and slowly exhale to the count of 8. In addition to practicing mindful breathing, be sure to incorporate rest as often as you can. We typically feel wiped after the holidays and need another break to recover from the last holiday. Take a few moments to sit outside or sneak in a quick nap.

This holiday season, slow down and treat yourself to some well-deserved self-care. The best gift you can give yourself (and others) is to put some energy into your wellbeing.

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