Self Care Tips for the Holiday Season
The holidays are supposed to be a time for family, friends and fun. However, many of us find ourselves burned out before the festivities have even begun. Extra expenses, arduous trips to visit the in-laws, decorating, carb-loading, school plays and feeling pressured to make everything perfect can all add up to colds, meltdowns, and major anxiety.
It might seem like common sense to do these things, but sometimes you need a reminder to take a step back and breathe. These simple tips can help you make sure you stay merry and bright through the New Year:
Get Enough Rest
The amount of rest people need varies, but for most people, a solid 7-8 hours of nightly sleep is what you really need to perform your best. If the time change has you feeling sleepy on the early side, there’s no shame in going to bed early. Listen to your body. If you are dragging mid-day, take a 20-30 minute power nap. That’s all the time you need to give your brain a little boost that will carry you through the rest of the day.
Up Your Protein Intake
Cookies, sweets, and carbs reign king this time of year, which means many of us neglect to eat enough protein. If you’re skimping out proper nutrition, you’re more likely to overindulge on “naughty list” foods, your immune system doesn’t function properly, and you’re going to get tired. Do yourself a favor and make a protein shake for breakfast, or if you must have sweets, try out some Pumpkin Spice Protein Balls.
It can be tempting to skip out on workouts when things get busy and stressful, even when we know how important they are for our physical and mental health. So even if you can’t make it to the gym, stay moving. Invite friends to visit outdoor Christmas markets on foot, go for a stroll through freshly fallen snow, offer to help an elderly neighbor hang up lights.. all the small things that keep you moving will add up!
Take Your Supplements
Holiday season is, unfortunately, also flu season. Protecting your immune system is absolutely critical at this time of year if you want to avoid getting sick! Put your supplement bottles out front and center where you can see them, or get a 7-day pill organizer, divvy them up, and keep it on your desk in your office. Our Organic Greens are also a convenient way to get your daily dose of cold-busting vitamins and nutrients.
Pencil in “Me Time”
If you don’t penil in “me time”, it’s probably not going to happen this time of year. Make a holiday date with yourself, even if it means hiring a sitter for a two hours while you shop alone (or sending your kids somewhere else and drinking wine in your bathtub). Mark it on your calendar, treat it like an obligation, and enjoy!
However you choose to spend the holidays, take care of yourself first, then let the merrymaking begin!
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