If the holidays are supposed to be all things merry and bright, how come you’re feeling cranky and exhausted? While we devote a lot of effort this time of year to others – from running around to find the perfect gift, to preparing for the arrival of loved ones, to traveling across the globe to see family – we have a serious tendency to neglect our self-care practices. And that can lead to more “ho hum” than “ho ho ho” (too much?).
So to help you keep sane this holiday season, we tapped a few of our favourite self-care experts to share their top tips.
Julie Clark – Province Apothecary
Make Sleep (and your sleep rituals) a Priority
I can’t function on less than 8 hours, so I make sure I’ll be able to get 8 hours sleep during this crazy time. I also make time before bed to oil cleanse and massage my face.
I find doing our Natural Facelift Ritual so relaxing so I actually bring my serum and face balm to my bedside and do my NFR in bed and I find its the perfect thing to help me relax before bed
Emily Thring – The Quiet Company
Work Hard, Rest Hard
Self-care for me includes eating healthy, moving my body and resting. I make sure to schedule workouts and an early to bed night during the holidays because it’s so easy to neglect yourself!
Meditate (+ an easy breathing exercise)
I also make sure I get my daily meditation in to help me manage all the feels. If you find yourself overwhelmed try a few minutes of box breathing to quickly slow your mind and body. Take an inhale counting to four, hold your breath in for four, exhale for four and hold out for four. This very quickly activates the parasympathetic nervous system to calm you down.
New Year, New Zen
On Sunday, December 30 Natalie is leading a 60-minute Year End Meditation sound bath. It will include a gratitude practice, journalling and crystal bowls. It’s on our regular schedule which means it’s also open to ClassPass, intro offer etc.
Rachel Molenda – Holistic Nutritionist
Take it Slow & Learn to Say No
My self-care tips don’t differ from any other time of the year, but if anything, I try to emphasize them even more. That means sleeping in if I feel like I need the sleep, because you can’t run on empty, especially this time of year.
It also means saying no to some social commitments to prevent overloading your schedule if that’s something that stresses you out.
Indulge When You Want (But Listen to Your Body)
I also ensure that I’m meeting my nutritional needs. I don’t put restrictions on food, whether it’s a gingerbread cookie or a cup of eggnog, because I believe if you truly want it, then just enjoy it – it only comes one time a year and by obsessing about it, you just build a novelty around it and then want it even more. But making sure that I’m still getting in my leafy greens, a variety of fruits and vegetables and high-quality protein and fat is important to keep my engine running and stay balanced with all of the holiday treats.
How are you staying sane this holiday season?
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