The holiday season is all about giving. However, it’s true what they say: you have to take care of yourself first before you can take care of others. That means self-care is a necessity during the holidays, especially if you’ll be hosting family and friends at home in your apartment. Face masks, scented candles, and body lotions are all nice, but true self-care doesn’t come in a package; it’s a process, and it requires just a little bit of effort every day so that you feel as happy and healthy as possible. Commit to the following self-care practices as the ultimate gift to yourself this holiday season.
Get Enough Sleep
The health benefits of exercise are monumental—they include better mood and memory, a stronger immune system, and weight management, to name a few. Sleep deprivation can leave you feeling physically and mentally drained, which isn’t fun for anyone. A good night’s sleep is essential to a smooth holiday season, so don’t skip out on it. On average, adults should aim to get about eight hours of sleep every night.
When you’ve been running around stuffing in as much holiday cheer as possible into one day, the last thing you’ll probably want to do is exercise. The truth is, though, exercise is a critical component to successful self-care. Similarly to sleep, a lack of exercise can lead to problems with mood and energy levels. Exercise can also be a great stress reliever, which can reach new levels around the holidays. Give yourself some time to exercise each day, even if it’s just a brisk walk around the block. Your body will thank you.
Don’t Overdo It
We often hear that balance is key in life, and it’s particularly relevant during the holidays. To ensure you’ll feel your best, it’s important not to overdo it, and by “it,” we mean just about everything —food, booze, parties, and presents. Eating and drinking too much will lead to bloat, an excess of parties will cause exhaustion, and too many presents will leave you broke. Try to take it easy with your holiday celebrating so that you enjoy the festivities without overdoing it, which could cause problems later in your day, night, or year.
It sounds cliche, but the best gift you can give yourself truly is to be in the “present moment.” Practice gratitude and be as mindful as possible to every moment this season. When the sparkle and flair of the decorations, food, and drinks have faded, good memories are what you’ll want to hang onto most.
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