The holidays can be one of the best times of the year but also one of the most daunting. Especially living in colder climates, stress and the elements can take their toll on the body. While we all know eating right and exercising regularly are important, it seems doing these things are often put on the back burner during busy times. So what else can you do to prevent holiday burnout? Try these five self-care tips to stay on top of your game:
It’s inexpensive, simple, and can be done anywhere! Meditation is something I suggest anyone of any walk of life practice. Taking 10-15 minutes out of the day, either first thing in the morning, on your lunch break, or before bed, can dramatically reduce stress and calm the mind. It may sound simple, but during busy times it can be incredibly difficult to truly relax. Taking a few minutes for you to center yourself will create a sense of peace and help keep stress-levels at bay.
2. Get Salty
Have you ever wondered why people living near the sea seem to be naturally more vibrant or happy? While living near the ocean has endless benefits, one of the biggest is salt. More and more studies are showing the positive benefits of salt inhalation. Salt balances positive and negative ions in the air improving the immune system and mood. Other benefits include reducing inflammation, improving respiratory conditions, and promoting better sleep. Because of the wide-spread benefits of salt therapy, more and more spa’s or wellness centers are making salt caves available to the public. If you don’t have access to a salt, try purchasing a salt lamp or two for your home.
3. Practice Gratitude
With the presents, shopping, and parties, it can be very easy to forget what the holidays are truly about. Taking the time appreciate the season and all you have to be thankful for is an easy way to improve your health. Depression and anxiety seem to creep in as the temperatures dip or during high-stress times. Reminding yourself to be positive and thankful for the good in your life can improve your mood, help you deal with adversity, maintain strong relationships, and simply make you happier.
Give yourself a little rub down when you can. Massage therapy improves circulation in your body, reducing inflammation, promoting flexibly, and flushes toxins out. While we can’t all get a massage everyday, you can massage small areas of your body on your own. Working on your own hands, feet, and legs and have positive benefits on your health. A technique we like to use for self-massage is called the Melt Method. The MELT Method is an exceptionally easy yet highly effective therapy to help reduce pain, inflammation, and tenderness. Using a small, soft ball (about the size of a tennis ball) you simply roll the ball under your feet and massage the tender areas. This massaging motion helps re-hydrate connective tissue and tendons promoting flexibility and proper nerve flow.
5. Skip the Sugar
So we know avoiding indulgent foods is next to impossible, especially when it seems like holiday treats are everywhere we turn. Trying to diet or obsessing over what you are eating can put a lot of stress on the body. Instead of avoiding these treats all together, avoid the high-sugar or processed ones. Grandma’s homemade recipes with real ingredients are probably a better option than highly refined, store-bought options. Load up on healthy fats that will satiate your taste buds while nourishing your body. And don’t be so hard on yourself if you do indulge! Practice self-love and forgiveness and know you can always try to get back on track tomorrow.