Leading up to the holidays is the perfect time to start prioritizing self-care. Once the craziness of holiday-prep gets underway, it’s hard to take time out to care for ourselves. We’re always so focused on taking care of others that our own self-care falls short. Before the holidays are in full swing, we recommend setting up a game plan to stay healthy and happy all winter long, well before other priorities start to take hold. Need some tips for how to put yourself first this holiday season? We’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorite ideas for prioritizing self-care.
1 Hour of Me Time: Sometimes it can be hard to initiate a daily habit of self-care. Although taking some time each day to prioritize yourself is ideal, making sure to dedicate at least 1 hour per week to treating yourself in a big way is a great first step. Whether it’s a weekly massage, curling up on the couch with your favorite book or going to watch live music, make sure to carve out these 60 minutes each week where you are doing something special, just for you.
Meditation: Meditation can scare a lot of people away. But, it’s truly an exceptional way to reduce stress and bring clarity. Try apps like Headspace or Omva to get started. Each app uses guided meditation, so you don’t have to worry about getting caught up in your train of thought. Start with 5 minutes a day and gradually work your way up.
Nutrition: The holidays are always a time when our nutrition seems to go out the window. From parties to family get togethers, it seems like the temptations are everywhere. Instead of stressing about eating perfect all the time, keep some of our Green Superfood Original on hand. This way you can still indulge occasionally, while ensuring you’re getting the nutrients you need. Throw some of our greens into a small glass of water or smoothie.
Quality Time without Screens: The holidays are supposed to be a time to spend quality time with family, but technology often gets in the way. We’re always distracted texting, watching TV or checking Facebook. This holiday season make a pact with your family to dedicate a full night or more to shutting off your devices and talking, playing a game or going for a walk!
Physical Activity: Speaking of walks, just like nutrition, physical activity often falls to the wayside during the holidays. Physical activity is not only imperative for health, but it’s also a great opportunity to prioritize self-care and do something that’s good for you. Instead of saying you’ll do something active a few times a week, schedule it into your calendar each day so that even when you miss a day, you won’t go off track.