The holidays are almost upon us. Remember to take some time out to relax and rejuvenate body and mind. Refocus and try these eight self-care tips to regain clarity in your life.
Holidays are about connecting with your loved ones. Make the decision to disconnect from technology and social media and reinvest your energy in cementing the meaningful relationships in your life. I always PLAN for nights without electronics. As a busy business owner, if I do not plan for it then I can feel like I can't step away.
2. Read a book
Research suggests that reading can help to reduce stress and improve focus. Invest in a good novel to expand the mind and ease away any unwanted tension. Do you have some must-reads? Drop them in the comments, I am always looking for a great new book to check out. Bonus if it comes in audio version.
It’s a therapeutic act to pen your thoughts on paper. Try it this holiday and set aside some time each day to reflect and journal. I have several journals that I use. Some for positive affirmations, some for hopes & dreams, just writing prompts, mindless babbling or what is happening deep in my soul.
Mindful deep breathing is a great way to relieve anxiety and help you relax. Focus on the act of breathing and allow your mind and body to reboot to a slower, more peaceful pace. I am a huge advocate for taking deep breaths. One way I like to do this is through guided meditation. Even if you cannot quiet your mind, these are great for getting your breathing on. Check out my favorite app - Insight Timer.
5. Get outdoors
Nature has many therapeutic benefits that are good for the body and soul. Go for a walk around your neighborhood or simply sit outside and embrace the sounds and sights of nature at work around you. I know it can be cold out there, so bundle up!
6. Eat well
Cut out junk food and choose natural wholefoods instead. Not only will you begin to feel better, but healthy food choices can also work to improve your mood, sleep, skin, hair and so much more! Remember to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water daily to stay hydrated and in peak performance! Don't forget to do your research as well. A lot of food labels are misleading.
7. Get enough sleep
Sleep is nature’s reboot system for the body. Ensure that you get at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night to keep your health in check and your energy levels high this holiday season. This is one I personally struggle with - girl I know you probably do too. But I try to set myself an alarm to go to bed at night. It is easy to get caught up and time flies.
8. Random acts of kindness
Did you know that doing a good deed for someone else has far-reaching effects and can be beneficial for both of you?! You’ll both feel happier and more positive about life. Give it a try and let kindness dictate the direction of your holiday! It does not need to be some big grand gesture. Simply smiling at someone and telling them to have a great day, leaving a little bigger tip or buying the persons coffee behind you in line.
Do you have any other great tips that help you take care of you? Drop them in the comments. I would love to hear about it.
Deidre + BJ at Wegerzyn Gardens, Ohio
Photography: Elisabeth Ashliegh / Elisabeth Ashliegh Photography
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