Let’s be honest, the holidays are such a wonderful time of year to celebrate with loved ones, but it can also be incredibly stressful! Here are 5 tips to help keep your mind, body and spirit healthy not only during the holiday season but all year long.
1. Be intentional with your time – Before committing to one activity or another, check your intention. Are you doing something because it brings you joy? Or are you committing to something because you feel obligated? Allow yourself the freedom to say no or to postpone activities to a time where you really feel up to it. People will understand if you need some downtime. We all need time for self-care and rest. It is important that you take some time for yourself to engage in the activities that light up your heart.
2. Practice Mindfulness – By practicing mindfulness, we allow ourselves to enjoy the pleasures of life and become grateful for what we have. Mindfulness allows us to become aware of where we are and what we are doing rather than being overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
3. Sleep Well – Mentally, sleep helps our brain function properly when it comes to memory, learning, problem solving and decision-making and because it balances our hormones, it helps safeguard us against stress and depression. To stay healthy in body and mind, it is crucial to prioritize sleep. Aim to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
4. Stay Active – Research shows that even just 20min of exercise a day reduces stress and anxiety. Choose a physical activity that you enjoy and if possible, make it part of your daily routine.
5. Balance your Expectations – Daily life does not need to be flawless to be beautiful. In fact, sometimes within the imperfection lies the journey from where we are to where we want to be. When you expect something that you don’t end up getting, it is only natural to feel let down. However, expectations set you up for disappointment; The trick is to avoid becoming attached to your desired outcome. By adjusting your expectations, you can free yourself and others from the pursuit of perfection.