Welcome December, Self Care Tips For The Holiday Season

Anyone else can’t believe it’s December already?

This month is known for many celebrations with holidays and parties filling the month. This is also a time where people throw out a lot of their health building habits.

I want to talk about self care and how it is even more crucial this time of year. With all the socializing that happens usually inside, paired with the often increase in consuming treats our immune systems get tested. This can lead to getting sick and no one wants that. Here are some tips to help keep you healthy this month:

~ Stay hydrated- drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of fresh, spring or filtered water. Take a stainless or glass bottle with you.

~ Make getting enough sleep a priority. Try to be asleep by 10:30, your body naturally does the most rest and repair from 9:00-ish to 2:00 AM-ish.

~Make time for a gratitude practice, it doesn’t have to be big. It can be as simple as making a mental or written list of 3 things you are grateful for each day. I do this in my daily planner.

~ Stay dedicated to your meditation/mindfulness practice. With all the craziness of everything going on this can help you stay grounded and grateful.

~ Keep your body moving with whatever exercise or movement that works for you. This will help you stay grounded and in your body too.

~ My favorite, make healthy food choices. Eat a healthy meal before your holiday party, especially if you know there won’t be much for you to eat there. Take healthy snacks with you wherever you go. Offer to bring a dish to any gathering, ensuring you will have something that fits your needs. Always have protein, fat and fiber in every meal. Not only does this help balance blood sugar, it helps your hormones too.

~ Take care of you gut health by consuming prebiotics and probiotics, making sure to have at least one bowel movement a day. This is where that fiber comes in.

~ Enjoy the season by feeling your best because you put self care first. This will allow you to show up as your best self for family, friends and the greater community.

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