Give Yourself the Gift of Wellness This Holiday Season
Whether we’re ready for them or not, the holidays are fast approaching. Next week, many of us will gather with our friends or families for Thanksgiving. Soon after the parade of office parties, dinners with friends, and family get-togethers will begin. Suddenly, our free time is spent buying gifts, hurrying to finish household chores, and dashing from event to event. While we know this is meant to be a celebratory time of year, the holidays can also be a difficult time to stay centered. Many of my clients express concern about how they can stay on track on their journeys towards emotional and physical wellness during the holidays.
This holiday season, I encourage you to give yourself the gift of wellness by making sure that in between the hustle and bustle, you stay connected to your needs. I know that’s easier said than done, so here are five ways you can give yourself the gift of wellness this holiday season:
• Respect and honor your feelings
I realize that this is always true, but I also know that this is especially important to remember during the holidays. With increased obligations comes the increased chance of feeling guilty or bad about what you “should” be doing or feeling. Don’t focus on “I should,” focus on “I am,” and move from there. When you honor your feelings – whatever they may be – your actions are more authentic and you will be able to stay on the path that is right for you.
• Don’t be afraid to say no
While parties and dinners can be fun, changes to your schedule can also take a toll on you. If you find yourself stretched thin, think about the invitations you can decline and remember that saying no isn’t about hurting someone’s feelings, it’s about caring for yourself and respecting your feelings and boundaries.
• Be proactive about connecting with your positive sources of support
Whether you feel centered by chatting with your best friend, going to a morning yoga class, or reading your favorite book, actively seek out those positive connections and rely on them during this time.
• Remember your body
The stress of the holidays often seems like it’s purely emotional, but your physical health can also suffer. Remember to make your physical health a priority. Get sleep, eat well, go for a walk around the block to clear your head. The best part? When you feel better physically, you’re also better equipped to work through your emotions.
• Take a moment each day to express gratitude
Gratitude is good for our souls and puts us in touch with the things that matter and the things that make our lives complete. Taking five minutes each day to remember what you’re thankful for will help you reap great rewards.
If you feel like you may need some extra support this holiday season, I encourage you to contact me (link to contact form) or connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. Together we can make this an enriching and fulfilling holiday season!