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Self-Care Over the Holidays

Updated: Dec 10, 2022

Did you know that without much effort in our conscious mind, our bodies and brains anticipate the holidays before they even arrive? Maybe we have great memories accompanied by pleasant emotions that arise as we begin to get into the holiday spirit. Maybe we have had painful experiences around the holidays and the panic and fear is already setting in before we even buy our first gift. We also may be remembering loved ones who are no longer with us and our hearts are filled with more grief than holiday cheer.

Whatever the case may be for you, here are some tips on nurturing yourself and creating more peace in your life amidst the holiday season:

1. Create “Space”

Go for a walk. Meditate. Find your favorite place in nature to allow your body and mind to process and “breathe”. If you have company over or are visiting family or friends outside of your home, set some boundaries to take time for yourself. Self-care means creating space to process whatever feelings and thoughts may be arising for you during the holiday season. You are allowed to prioritize what you need.

2. Keep Up Your Routines as Much as Possible

Routines are important for regulating the nervous system and calming the mind. Routines allow us to feel safe, be comforted, and get grounded. When our minds anticipate and experience something familiar it brings our bodies great comfort and support.

3. Stay Active

Even a fifteen minute walk or work out indoors can do wonders for your mental and emotional health! Throw on a YouTube yoga video and move your body for 20 minutes. Movement helps the brain process and decreases stress. A little goes a long way.

4. Rest

Prioritize the rest you need. If you anticipate company parties or family gatherings, prep yourself by getting extra rest the day before. Keep to your bedtime as much as possible, and enjoy a Christmas nap if you need it!

The best version of YOU is a well loved and cared for version of you.

Shared by Rachel Parker. Rachel is a yoga teacher who is passionate about healing, mindfulness practices, and body awareness. She began her yoga journey in 2020 to rebuild and reclaim her relationship with her body. She invites you to join her Yin and Yang Fusion class on Monday nights so you can do the same!

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