‘Tis the season. It is that time of year when we indulge in parties, feasts, celebrations, and eating and drinking more. Contrary to your earlier plans, festival and holidays stress you out with preparations, relationships, and finances leaving us more tired and stressed.
Stress is the root of all evils causing fatigue, sleeplessness, anxiety, high blood pressure, and a myriad of health conditions. The best way to save you from stress is to indulge self-care. Just take a good care of yourself.
How do you tend to your feelings? Do you get enough rest? Do you take a pause from work? Self-care isn’t about sheet masking, nail extensions, and shopping. It’s rather about taking some time off the world, slowing down and giving full attention to yourself – just yourself!
Here are some of the self-care tips for women this Holiday Season!
From taking care of the house to looking after the babies and planning celebratory feasts, the holiday season can be full of stress for women.
And there is nothing as relaxing as giving yourself some ‘me-time’. Spend some time enjoying what you like. Be it reading a book, listening to music, taking a relaxing bubble bath, going for a walk in the park or practicing yoga and meditation – indulging into these activities help you cut back on stress and rejuvenate.
Exercise has a positive impact on your physical, emotional, and mental health. When you work out, the body releases endorphins, which are also called as the feel-good hormones that promote the feeling of happiness and contentment.
Researches have proved that exercising can reduce stress, regulate sleep patterns, and boost mental health. Talk to your exercise physiologist to determine the exercises that best fit your routine.
Practicing yoga, Zumba, dance, sports, running, walking, jogging, etc. for at least 30 minutes a day can help build a healthy lifestyle and prevent a wide range of health concerns.
Take a Mini Christmas Holiday
Holiday season is not exactly about hosting gala feasts and entertaining guests that you don’t like. It could your time to de-stress.
This holiday season, you could take a break from traditional stressful routines and go for a mini holiday to relax and rejuvenate amidst nature. Visit a new location, explore new avenues, spend time with new people and breathe in tranquility – to make the most of your mini holiday!
Practice a New Hobby
While serving our duties on both family and work fronts, we often neglect our hobbies. Having a routine that does not include things that you enjoy can have a negative impact on your mind.
Do what you like to do. Or maybe, develop a new hobby as your gateway to daily happiness.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga is an art and science that connects you to your greater self while aligning your mind, body and soul. Meditation is the art of focusing on oneself. It gives you the power to cut away the noises around and breathe in peace.
For someone going through stress, yoga and meditation are a boon. With the help of a certified exercise physiologist, you can understand the science behind yoga and meditation to maintain a healthy balance between mind, body, and soul.
Roll out your yoga mat and let yourself go. As you glide from one movement to another and meditate in silence – you take care of your being!
Food and Nutritional Care
Food and nutrition play an important role in our lifestyle. If you eat healthy food, you are healthy.
While it is essential to treat yourself once in a while, eating right always works in your favor! For self-care, it is crucial to pick up the right kind of food that serves the body with the right nutrition.
Fill up your plate with rainbow foods i.e. colorful fruits and vegetables to gain the right balance of vitamins and minerals in your diet. Or you can take up food and nutritional counseling from a certified nutritionist to understand which kind of food is best suited to your diet, body concerns, weight loss goals, lifestyle diseases and more to heal and lead a good life.
Journal your Thoughts
You are what you think! Your thoughts have the power to shape up your life.
Write down your thoughts on social network or blog, to let others understand what you feel and how well you are doing. Count your blessings, put things into perspective, vent out negativity – blogging thinks can help you deal with your emotions and feel positive about yourself.
Count your blessings, put things into perspective, vent our negativity – journaling can help you deal with your emotions and feel positive about yourself. It is one of the healthy habits to build for an emotionally stable and mentally balanced life.
Social Media Detox
What was incepted as a harmless tool for communication, socializing and knowledge sharing has fast become a source of negativity, anxiety, fear of missing out and self-consciousness!
If you have been spending too much time on social network, chances are you are disturbing your mental peace, sleeping patterns, and emotional balance.
Grant yourself some peace this festive season and take initiative to practice social media detox. Turn off your phone. And give your family and hobbies your full time.
Consult your psychologist to understand the hazards of social media usage on health and ways to limit your social media usage for good.
Un-schedule your Holiday
We bet your life is pretty much on schedule! From buying the groceries, decorating the house to prepping up for the big dinner – holidays often get overwhelming with a to-do list in hand.
But this is exactly what ‘holiday’ isn’t about. Brace yourself some Tender Love and Care (TLC) and unscheduled your holiday season for mental peace. Rather than planning moments of celebrations, let the magic unfold for you and experience the joy that the season brings.
Get Some Sleep
A festive season means you are off work and have plenty of time for yourself. The best way to enjoy this time is to catch up on some sleep.
Sleep is the time for the body to relax and the muscles to heal. It also has a huge effect on your emotional and mental health too. Unlike the regular days when you sleep and get to work in haste, during the holiday season you can turn off the alarms and put on the curtains to get some deep sleep.
There you have it. That’s how you can keep yourself active, healthy, and motivated during and after the festivities and holidays.
Here’s EPIC Health wishing you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy Holidays!