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Holiday Hangover

The holiday season can be marked from the end of October through February with a majority happening within a few weeks of each other. Here are some tips to not only maintain a safe and healthy holiday season, but to also recover from what I like to call "Holiday Hangover"

Self-care tips to maintain a safe and healthy Holiday season:

  • Carve out time for self-care. We are all busy, but you must set aside time for yourself, even if it’s only a 10-minute breather.

  • Meditate. Mindfulness practice is a great tool for helping you be self-aware and stay focused on what’s at hand.

  • Affirmations. Affirmations are great tools to center yourself during the holiday season. Try reciting and/or writing the following affirmation over and over when you need a reset: “I breathe in calmness and positivity”. Or pick some other positive statement that aligns with your desired state.

  • Be Active. Fitting in some just the right movement can help you relieve stress and anxiety, boost energy, work off those yummy holiday treats, and just feel better all around.

  • Say No. It’s easy to stretch ourselves too thin over the holidays by saying yes to everything! Although we encourage you to say yes to the things that are most important to you, we also want to remind you to be kind to yourself, guard your time, and to politely decline anything that feels stressful or drains you.

  • Sleep. It may be tempting to clock some late nights shopping, wrapping gifts, celebrating, and cooking/baking, but adequate sleep is critical for us to feel our best in mind, body, and spirit. Not to mention to help keep our immune system strong, because who really wants to get sick around the Holidays!

  • Pamper Yourself. The holidays are a great excuse to treat yourself to a little pampering. Get a new present just for yourself to enjoy, go for a relaxing walk, or do something else for you.

  • Make a Budget and Respect It. We all want to be generous with our loved ones, but holiday shopping shouldn’t jeopardize our financial health! Be extra mindful of emotional shopping that can bite us where it hurts come January!

  • Ask for Support. If you’ve got too much on your plate or you are feeling extra overwhelmed, the best thing you can do is speak up and ask for help, delegate duties to friends or family if you can, and if all else fails simply make your once stressful duties a family affair and bring all hands on board while enjoying quality time together.

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