Self Care During the holidays
The holiday season is supposed to be filled with joy, laughter, soirées, and quality friends/family time yet it can be the most stressful time of the year. There is so much to do – parties, cleaning, cooking, shopping, and gift wrapping – that we tend to forget about ourselves. Self-care becomes more important than ever during this season, especially when the weather outside is dreary and grey! After all, taking care of ourselves is the foundation for taking care of others. Self-love/care is the seed of health and wealth and all good things!
Self-care is so much more than a spa day or mani-pedi. It's a time to slow down, recharge, listen to our bodies and let go.
Below are our personal favorite ways to wind down and nurture ourselves:
1) Daily meditation and yoga. Meditation can do so much for the skin. As you may know, stress worsens the conditions that harm the skin. It can cause dark circles, eye puffiness, acne breakouts, lines, dehydration and dullness... But did you know that a simple 5-10 minute meditation session can instantly give your skin a healthy, youthful glow? Meditation relaxes your muscles, and yoga stimulates blood flow, lymphatic flow, and oxygenation throughout the entire body – all key to boosting cellular health. After all, relaxation does look good on you :)
2) Find a healthy balance between a nutritious diet and indulgences. If you want to eat that chocolate bar or have a glass (or two) of red wine, go for it! Treat yourself to luscious truffles and make sure you eat them slowly, savoring the flavors and experience. Our favorite luxurious way to enjoy a glass of wine is a full hour in a hot bath with lavender essential oils, sandalwood candle, and dimmed lights.
3) Set boundaries and say 'no' when you need to. You don't need to say 'yes' to everything and everyone. Self-care also means being honest with your feelings and honoring them. Know and recognize your priorities. Setting and protecting your boundaries will build your own self-respect and others' respect for you.
4) Give up expectations. Letting go (of expectations) is the beginning of living freely and joyfully. The holidays can set us up for unrealistic expectations. Dreaming up false illusions (i.e. the 'perfect' family with the 'perfect' Christmas tree and the 'perfect' holiday gifts) can be extremely damaging. Instead, let go of these false illusions and celebrate the moment.
5) Laugh it up! Humour is great for stress reduction. Do something that makes you laugh. Watching a funny film or TV show, singing, dancing to fun music, talking to a best friend on the phone, etc.
By Fatimah Mon, 11 Dec 2017
Thanks for these awesome tips!! Will definitely follow them in my routine!
By Kari Tribble Sun, 10 Dec 2017
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