Must- Do Holiday Self Care Tips

We’re right in the middle of the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Social gatherings are fun, but they can get overwhelming when added to our already busy schedules. We spread ourselves thin between work, trying to find the right gift for everyone, showing up at every party (so no one gets upset with us), all while keeping up with our everyday responsibilities. Being around family can also be stressful at times. Besides, we tend to eat and drink more than usual which means we have less time for self-care, making us feel sluggish, tired, anxious, stressed, and guilty. 

However, with enough self-awareness and preparation, we can survive this holiday season without losing our sanity.  Here are several important tips on how to feel like a rockstar through this season:

Remind Yourself to Keep It Balanced
We all indulge around this time of the year; it’s hard not to do so. The day after a party, be conscious about keeping the meals balanced and nutritious. Eat lots of veggies, cooked, roasted, or raw; pay attention to the portions (eat just enough); and remember not to skip any meals. Skipping meals sets you up for binge eating later in the day, which will produce feelings of guilt that we really don’t need. Regular meals will help keep the belly happy and the mind satisfied, which will sustain the energy level through the day. 

Drink Lots of Water
Make sure to hydrate after consuming alcohol. Drinking water will not only hydrate the body but could keep that nasty headache away the next morning. Alcohol is a diuretic; so, besides losing water, the body loses electrolytes. Drinking coconut water is also an excellent source to replenish lost electrolytes.

Move When You Can, However You Can
It might be hard to keep a regular fitness routine during the hectic holiday season. If there is no time to schedule a workout, whether it’s a session with a trainer or a fitness class, that’s okay!  There are plenty of other ways to create movement during the day to help you feel better and stronger, clear the mind, and release some stress:

· Take the stairs instead of the elevator
· Walk around the house as much as you can
· Walk to get groceries
· If you live in a city with public transportation, get off the train or bus one stop before the final destination
· Park the car a little further from the destination
· Do you have children? Even better, dance with them! It will turn into some enjoyable holiday family time.

If you are able to squeeze in some quality gym time but feeling sleep-deprived or stressed, take it easy and engage in a routine that is calming to the nervous system. For example, walking uphill on a treadmill is an excellent way to get the heart rate up and maintain low impact. It may be a shorter workout, but it is always better than nothing..

Maintain Breathing Exercises
Take deep, conscious, cleansing breaths, inhaling and exhaling through the nose. Breathe in deeply and fill the belly, letting it lift away from the spine, expanding the ribcage, and bringing the breath up towards the chest. As you exhale, let the chest drop, ribcage relax and belly rest toward the spine. Repeat this cycle 5 to 10 times. Remember, it is important to take time to direct our awareness to our breath in order to  break the pattern of our monkey minds. Repeat this as many times as you need to in the morning, during the day, and before going to bed.

Schedule Your Sleep
This isn’t always easy, but consciously make it a high priority to get at least six to seven hours of sleep each night through the holidays.  If you schedule enough time to relax and train the mind to make it an important priority, you will more likely make it to bed early enough. It will provide the body the needed time to recover and restore for the next day.

Do you have other tips that have helped you through the holidays? Please share them with us below. 

Written By: Ava Kyte
Ava is a fitness trainer, Kundalini yoga teacher, mentor, blogger, creator of “Elevate” Full Body Workout with Relaxation and "Self-Care Movement" group on Facebook. Her mission is to elevate people to their highest potential through self-knowledge and practicing self- love. Ava helps clients achieve a balanced lifestyle, healthy weight, teaches them stress management, which results in a higher quality of life and well-being. Besides private training, she also leads group classes and workshop in Hoboken NJ and Manhattan NY. Website: http:// 
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