Do you relate to this equation? Does this time of year mean extra pounds to you? Do you lose control over what you eat from Halloween to New Years Day? Do you justify the behavior because of the time of year? Do you want to be polite at the holiday party- so you eat or drink something you know makes you feel awful? Do you find yourself in sugar overload? Do you cut back on your exercise program during this time of year because you are extra busy with holiday preparations? Do you struggle with balancing all of the craziness?
You are NOT alone. Majority of women at this time of year pick up the holiday extras- shopping, baking, sending cards, decorating, parties, having guests over, etc.
Here are some slight simple self -care tips I would like to suggest to help make this holiday season more enjoyable for you.
1. Be flexible in your exercise program. If you can’t make your normal yoga class or your hour of cardio, take a 15 -minute walk and be grateful for the experienced.
2. Drink more water than normal to keep yourself hydrated. So many of us think we drink enough water when in reality we don’t and this can cause us to think we are hungry when in fact we are thirsty.
3. At the holiday party walk away from the food table and engage with the people. Make the experience about connecting with family and friends not about the food.
4. Ask for help so you are not taking on the entire burden of the holidays. You will be surprised at how others are willing to participate if they are asked.
5. Schedule a massage for you as a self care gift. The gift of touch will help you get back in balance. After all your body has to support you during all this extra stressful time.
6. Reach out to those that live alone or are struggling at this time of year. When we give of ourselves to others the reward is priceless.
Very often at this time of year depression, sadness, and loneliness come to the forefront of one’s life. It’s an end of one year and the beginning of another year.
Getting emotional support is a way of self -care and can be vital to your health.
If you are experiencing any of these feelings and would like to talk to someone, please contact me 714.553.1517.