Why Holiday Self-Care is Non-Negotiable

A rainbow after a thunderstorm in December

A rainbow after a thunderstorm in December

Ten days til Christmas morning! Hard to believe it’s just around the corner, and the un-seasonal weather here is confusing everyone! Over the next few days, most of us will be running around doing errands, last minute shopping and if you’re a huge Star Wars fan, watching The Force Awakens. Busy busy busy, right?

Gratitude Tip: Stop for a moment. Breathe deeply. Repeat 3-5 times. Allow your muscles to relax, let your shoulders drop and gently roll your head from side to side. Find gratitude right where you are. Ground yourself in the present moment. Preserve this memory.

Taking care of yourself has to be a top priority during one of the busiest times of the year. Ever known anyone who gets sick as soon as they go on holidays? That can happen when we go, go, go and fight, fight, fight. As soon as we stop, our defenses are weakened and sickness creeps in. Here are some of my self-care tips to stay in your best health during the holidays.

1.Rest. You may have a few late nights (especially if you’re working in retail) so your sleep schedule could be disrupted. Take a few minutes during the day to rest or even take a short nap. Set an alarm for 20 minutes to make sure that you don’t oversleep. Too bad days of less than 6 hours of sleep is a recipe for illness.

2. Read. It may seem impossible to take time to sit down and read right now, but give your mind a break and your eyes a rest by reading a real book for 15 minutes a day. Many of my business associates will choose to read fiction this time of year (as we are usually reading non-ficiton personal development). I’ve just ordered a copy of my friend Kenton Cool’s book, One Man’s Everest – not fiction but adventure and excitement for sure!

3. Reflect. As you go through the different holiday traditions and preparations, reflect on the meaning behind each one. Did you used to bake cookies with your mom and now you’re doing it with your kids? Are you making a traditional family recipe for your Christmas or holiday feast? Take a moment to express gratitude for where the tradition came from. And if you can’t remember, it’s a perfect opportunity to connect with your relatives to ask questions.

4. Review. Last night I shared my program, make 2016 your best year ever with the group that I am coaching. We talked about finding some quiet time to reflect on our accomplishments from 2015 and creating our vision for the next 3-5 years, which will help us to plan for 2016. Whether or not you’re formally creating goals and a vision for 2016 (although I highly recommend it), take a bit of quiet time for yourself to review the past year. Most of the program is covered in my book, 30 Days of Gratitude.

5. Regenerate. It’s important not to forgot about cellular nutrition right now. The busier we are, the higher our stress levels. The higher our stress levels, the more cellular damage is created by free radicals. And elevated stress hormones isn’t good for any of us. Make sure you’re continuing to take your USANA Essentials or HealthPak twice a day, so that your cells have 24 hour nourishment and as you regenerate new cells you’re getting healthier and gaining more energy. Both can be ordered directly on my USANA website.

6. Reach out. If it’s all too overwhelming, ask for help. I realize that the holidays can be a difficult time for many people. Make sure you’re asking for support. And if you see someone or know of a friend who is having a tough time, give them a quick call and ask how you can be of service. Sometimes simply a phone call can make a big difference for a friend going through a tough time.

Remember that you’re the most important person in your life. Taking care of your body, mind and spirit has to be the #1 priority. What other tips do you have for self-care during the holidays?

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