Beat the Holiday Stress with These 3 Simple Steps!
#1: 30 minutes daily of Quiet Alone Time
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking 30 minutes? Quiet? Alone? Every day?! Impossible!!
But I cannot stress enough just how important this is, in your everyday life, and especially during the holidays. Honestly, do the best you can, but make it a priority. Put it into your schedule, let your family know that this is important to you, and encourage them to have their own Q.A.T.
What you'll get from this daily practice?
This time is for you!
#2: Weekly Bath
Depending on the week, I could easily go for a bath every night, but for the holidays once a week seems like a very do-able goal
There are numerous health benefits to having baths, perhaps most known among them is the relaxation of muscular tension. The warm water penetrates deep into the tissues, helping to loosen knots and let you enjoy life with a little less pain.
Other benefits include:
Try using essential oils, bath salts, and/or having a Himalayan salt candle nearby to boost the overall mood and effectiveness of this practice. Read more on the benefits of bathing here and here.
#3: Eating with Gratitude
This is something that I like to do at breakfast while my day is still quiet and peaceful. But you could do this at any meal or even at every meal Honestly, I don't think you can ever have too much gratitude, right?
So before taking a single bite, just take a minute or so to thank *out loud* every single person responsible for helping bring this food to your table. Every farmer of every ingredient. All the processors, shippers, and receivers, Transporters, loaders, stockists and cashiers. The cookers and cleaners. Yourself. Whomever. (I like to acknowledge the planet, the elements, and the creative force behind it all as well.) You decide how far you want to take it.
The important thing is to remind yourself that:
Nourishing your body with gratitude along with the food you eat actually helps reduce anxiety. It's like, "oh good! It's not all on my shoulders. There are actually people out there taking care of me too." It increases feelings of connectivity, compassion, and generosity. All those things that this season is really all about. Share this practice with your friends and family and thank each one of them too!
All three of these practices are designed to help you slow down, appreciate each moment, and be at your best during this time of craziness. I hope you enjoy each one of them and let me know if you have any other holiday selfcare tips! I would absolutely love to hear them! I think we can all agree that, during this season especially, selfcare will save us all. Happy Holidays everyone!
Wishing you and your family all the best,