The holiday season is upon us and everyone is running around trying to complete a variety of tasks. This time of year is hectic. Often I see that many of my clients and friends put taking care of themselves on the back burner because they’re so busy. During the holiday season, it’s important to take care of yourself. You want to be in your best spirits and feel your best to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones. That’s why it’s so important to take a minute or two for yourself.
I’ve found that there are some key ways that you can make sure you stay sane and take care of yourself so that you don’t get sick or run down this holiday season. I mean let’s face it, during December we’re all socializing more, sleeping less and doing more in general. We could all use a little more me-time this time of year!
Here are a few of my favorite ways to take care of yourself during the holidays:
1. Engage in activities that feel meaningful to you
Whether you’re passionate about helping elderly people or animals, volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. Giving of yourself and your time to those in need often does more for you than it does for those you’re serving. I decided to do a holiday toy drive for that reason this year! You can also read a good book, spend a night binging a Netflix series or coming in for a relaxing facial. Any activity that helps you to let loose and enjoy yourself is the one that you should plan to engage in at least once, or more during the holiday season.
2. Make time to recharge
Whether you take a nap or come in for a massage, everyone could use some time to recharge this holiday season. Relaxation can reduce stress symptoms. It can also help you enjoy a better quality of life, especially if you’re not feeling well according to The Mayo Clinic. Meditation is a great way to relax, and even 5 minutes a day can help you to feel calmer in your daily life. You can also use progressive muscle relaxation. This is where you focus on tensing and relaxing each muscle group in your body. Any way you relax, it’s going to take some time and practice before your mind and body are able to slow down.
Relaxation techniques have many benefits including:
- Slowing your heart rate
- Lowering your blood pressure
- Improving digestion
- Maintaining normal blood sugar levels
- Reducing activity of stress hormones
- Increasing blood flow to major muscles
- Reducing muscle tension
- Reducing chronic pain
- Improving sleep quality
- Lowering fatigue
- Boosting confidence
3. Allow yourself to do whatever you’d like
Some of us attribute self-care to being selfish, but that isn’t the case. If you want to say ‘no’ to an event or to a date, you need to do what’s best for you. It’s my belief that you can’t be the best version of yourself for those around you if you’re not happy. It’s important to take time to think about what YOU want this holiday season and to let yourself say ‘no’ sometimes. Slow down and ask yourself, what do I want to gain during this holiday season? What’s most important to me? And you’ll have a firm grip on what is best for you.
4. Try Aromatherapy
Try some aromatherapy this holiday season. You can put it into a diffuser and let it run in your apartment or home or put a dab of oil on your wrist if you’re out and about. Aromatherapy can help nausea, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and headaches. I love using aromatherapy during my facials and massages to help better relax my clients. You don’t have to come in to enjoy aromatherapy though, because you can use it in your home too. Different oils have different uses, for instance, lavender can help to relax you and enhance your sleep while rosemary can help to boost memory and support your nervous system. I recommend visiting whole foods or another store that carries different oils and testing a few before buying. You should also consider what you’re using the oil to treat before choosing an oil. Medical News Today has a great article where you can read about how different oils can help you.
5. De-stress any chance you get
Stress is awful for us, we all know it. It can cause you to eat unhealthy food, skip out on the gym and lead us to drinking too much. Take some time to de-stress this holiday season by staying positive and spending time with family and friends. Laughter is the best medicine, after all! Make time to meditate and exercise so that you’re in good shape and releasing endorphins which can help to boost your mood. Even a short walk is great for your well-being. You can also spend some time un-plugged this holiday season which always helps!
I hope this helps some of you to take some time for yourself this holiday season. I care about all my clients and wish the very best for you and your family as you celebrate the holidays. I’ll also be offering gift cards and deals on products as well as Yonka gift sets the entire month of December which make wonderful (and relaxing!) Christmas gifts for yourself or someone you love. If you have any questions on what services I offer that can help to relax you, I’m always happy to answer your questions. Above all, I hope you enjoy the holidays with family and friends!