5 TIPS FOR MAINTAINING SELF-CARE DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
1. SCHEDULE DOWNTIME
First, while this year will look different due to COVID, many of us will still have a list of commitments whether they be virtually or in-person. One thing that helps me is making sure that for every event, deadline or commitment I add to the calendar. Also, I schedule downtime. Sometimes this is just 30 minutes to decompress. However, other times it is a full day adjacent to our plans to ensure we have down time.
2. PLAN FOR REGULAR WORKOUTS
Having a dedicated workout space at home can help make exercise easy when your schedule is chaotic. Moreover, I find it hard to find time to workout with busy days and increased stress. However, it’s truly when our bodies need it the most! On our porch I have a recumbent bike, yoga mat, yoga ball, weights, and resistance bands. Having this dedicated space makes it easy for me to bike, or get a short on-demand workout done even when it’s late. So, check out this blog post for more at-home workout resources
3. FOCUS ON GRATITUDE
Build a gratitude practice. Plan to begin & end each day with a reflection of what you are grateful for. This could be written, or simply shared with a friend for accountability. Focusing on gratitude can shift our perspective and relieve stress.
4. INCORPORATE CBD INTO YOUR ROUTINE
I started taking CBD in May of this year when my anxiety was at an all-time high due to COVID, work, parenting and life after cancer. With consistent use (capsules in the AM and drops at night) I found it helps with the peaks and valleys of my tension and stress. While CBD doesn't take away my anxiety and stress, it does make it more manageable.
CBD (short for Cannabidiol) is one of more than 100 phytocannabinoids, which is unique to cannabis and provides benefits to the body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Also, your ECS works to balance all your body's functions and the phytocannabinoid CBD can help to replenish deficiencies due to stress and inflammation. Learn more about my CBD experience.
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5. LET GO OF PERFECTION
2020 has been a shit show and as we enter the holiday season I hope everyone can let go of the false expectations for perfection. I am already letting myself off the hook. There will be no perfect place setting, epic tree, or picturesque home decor.
Instead I am focused on memories with my family. This holiday season is for me and my loved ones and how it looks to the outside won’t even be on my radar. I am focused on just being in the mess and joy.
Breast cancer survivor, lover of style, beauty and all things pink! Inspiring you to thrive through adversity.