Updated: May 3, 2019
1. Drink Up!
It’s super easy to skimp on water intake during the holidays, which can make us feel tired and sluggish. Make a plan to drink more water during the day! Make water your first choice for a drink, before soda or alcohol. Add flavor and a tasty kick to your water by adding fruit, veggie slices, or herbs. There is plenty of information online on the benefits of drinking water and how to add more water to your day.
2. Shake What Ya Mama Gave Ya!
Holiday stress and tension can be caused by changes in your daily routine, increased consumption of heavy food, and extra end of the year pressure. Exercise and movement can help to relieve some stress and help you to feel better physically and mentally. A little bit can go a long way, so take a walk around your office building during lunch, do 10 minutes of stretching in your room, run around with your kids at the park (not just sit and watch). Any extra movement you do can take you one step closer to feeling better.
Adults take up to 30,000 breaths per day! One way to take care of yourself is to take mindful breaths, especially when you feel overwhelmed. Instead of reacting, mindful breathing allows you to pause and respond. There are plenty of apps and YouTube videos on how to focus on your breath. The best thing about it is you can do focus on your breath and center yourself anywhere and anytime. When your mind is going 1,000 mph, take a breath and pause, which can assist with getting back on track.
4. No, I Don’t Wanna
It’s 100% ok to say “no” to people or events that will drain you or mess up the progress you’ve made with taking care of yourself. I didn’t say it would be easy, but it is necessary at times. It’s ok to say that you won’t be able to make it when you’re invited to another party that you don’t want to attend. There is no shame in declining to attend an activity that you know will upset you or increase your stress. You can limit your time with friends or family to ensure there is time leftover for you and things you want to do. Saying no can feel impossible, but it’s necessary to maintain your zen.
5. Make an Appointment
You make appointments to see the doctor, meet up with people, but make sure you set an appointment for “you”! Set time to do something pleasing and fulfilling for you. That can look like pampering yourself with an at-home spa day, taking 15 mins to move and be active as I stated earlier, setting time to volunteer in your community, or even scheduling 30 minutes each day to pick up the book on your night stand and reading a few chapters.
Set time for you. Don’t just set the appointment in your head. Write it down and make it a priority.