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Simple Self-Care Practices for the Holidays

Updated: Nov 10, 2023

The holiday season is a time filled with good tidings and cheer, but it can also bring about heightened stress levels. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the festive season, it's important to prioritize your well-being. Infuse your day with simple self-care tools that can be used to help take a pause and reset when needed throughout your day. All of these tips can be done in 5 minutes or less.

Take a Breathing Break: “4-7-8 breathing,” is a breath pattern based on ancient yogic techniques. This technique can put you in a relaxed state almost instantly. You’ll love how simple it is!

  • Exhale completely and through your mouth. It should make a whooshing sound.

  • Inhale slowly and quietly through your nose to a count of four.

  • Hold your breath for a seven-count.

  • Exhale through your mouth... completely making that whoosh sound again. Do this for a count of eight.

  • Repeat this cycle three times. You will feel refreshed and focused!

Tea Time: Tea contains theanine which could improve cognition while at the same time making you feel relaxed. Since the afternoon often brings with it the strong desire for a nap, tea can perk you up without the dehydrating effects of another cup of coffee. Put on the kettle, steep your favorite tea and savor it. A mid-afternoon tea offers a quiet pause in your day and serves as a great reset button...a chance to gather your thoughts and breathe.

Treat Yourself with Dark Chocolate: I’m not sure about you, but I tend to get cravings for junk food in the afternoon. Snack on a small piece of dark chocolate to satisfy your craving. The flavonoids in cocoa have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve mood, and potentially increase mental focus.

Listen To Music: Listening to music is an easy, convenient way to relieve stress. Music can have a relaxing effect on our minds and bodies. Enjoying music is a simple and convenient method to alleviate stress. It has a calming effect on our minds and bodies, helping to slow the pulse and heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and alleviate stress hormones. Incorporate your favorite tunes into your day to create a soothing atmosphere and promote relaxation.

Take a Yoga Break: A single yoga pose done with mindful breathing and intent can change the way you feel instantly. Reset with a simple forward fold. This pose calms your mind and stretches the entire back side of your body. Basic yoga poses can make a world of difference when you want to reset and get back to center.

During this busy holiday season, remember the importance of self-care. Incorporate these simple practices to find moments of peace amid the hustle and bustle. Prioritize your well-being and let these brief respites reinvigorate your spirit. Wishing you a joyous holiday season, filled with peace, joy, and self-care.

Warmest wishes for a rejuvenating and enjoyable season. Be well!

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