The holidays are often one of the busiest times of the year and when we ladies get busy, we have a tendency to push our own needs to the bottom of the list. I’ve got some suggestions to help you ensure that you get the self-care necessary to keep healthy this season, and the whole year through.
What do I mean by self-care? There are a number of things we all must monitor for optimal health, and this is even more crucial if you are having health challenges, like fibromyalgia or other chronic conditions. Self-care includes these major categories:
- Sleep (at least 8 hours of restful, restorative sleep)
- Nutrition (avoid foods that do not support your health and get enough veggies and other nutrient-rich foods)
- Stress Management (meditation, yoga, prayer, etc.)
- Mindfulness (be fully present in your life instead of rushing around multi-tasking)
- Exercise (any kind of consistent physical activity that works for you, like walking, Pilates, Tai Chi, strength training, dance classes, etc.)
So how do you keep these all aligned while you celebrate this year?
First, set an intention and give yourself permission to take great care of yourself. I’m amazed how many women feel it is selfish to do anything for themselves. That’s nonsense because if you ignore your own needs long enough, you simply won’t have the energy to do anything for ANYONE.
Check the list above and whatever is hindering your ability to keep these things in balance must change or go. You can do this in 3 main ways:
- Delegate: Unless the task absolutely HAS to be done only by you, delegate it to someone else in the family or ask for help from a friend
- Delete: Think carefully before accepting invitations if you know you’re already maxed out. Jettison any non-essential tasks. Must you REALLY make 12 different kinds of Christmas cookies?? I think you know the answer to that. J
- Let go of perfection: There is nothing in the world that is perfect. Possibly George Clooney. Nope. Not even Gorgeous George. Let go of unrealistic pressures on yourself.
Remember, your loved ones want to see you as vibrant, healthy and happy as possible and they will certainly understand if you need to set some boundaries to protect your health. A little planning and self-care at the end of this year will ensure that you can greet the New Year in better shape than ever!
Have you used any of these tips to stay on top of your self-care? Do you have others to share? Please, leave a comment and tell me your best tips.