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Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays

Create Your Own CalmLet’s face it. The holidays can be exhausting, right?. We shop, run errands, attend parties, cook, wrap gifts, send holiday cards and travel. As holiday activities fill up our time, we tend to put taking care of ourselves on the back burner, believing that we’ll be fine.

However, we often overdo it and put ourselves last on the list. We then wonder why we feel exhausted, run down and sometimes even get sick.

Practicing self-care is the key to enjoying the holidays in good health, and it’s a way to care for our mental and physical well-being.

 

Here are some easy self-care ideas to consider:

  • Slow down! Take time each day to do at least one thing that is calm and relaxing for you. Have a quiet cup of tea, read a few pages of a good book or listen to your favorite music. These little moments will help you feel more rested and keep your mind calm.
  • Exercise. Whether it’s a walk outside, yoga, Zumba, stretching or lifting weights, keep up with your routine during the holidays so your body stays strong and your mind stays clear.
  • Eat smart. It’s easy to succumb to eating treats with a lot of sugar and carbs around the holidays. Strategically pick a few holiday occasions to indulge but eat healthy the rest of the time.
  • Get more sleep not less. With so much to do over the holidays we tend to sleep less. However, you really need more sleep than normal so that your body has a chance to recover from the extra effort you’re putting in.
  • Drink more water. When our schedules are so busy, we sometimes forget to drink enough water. If you’re feeling sluggish, it could be because you’re not hydrated.
  • Laugh and keep your sense of humor. The holiday season can be frustrating at times. Keep things light in your heart, laugh and find humor in some of you holiday experiences.
  • Accent the Positive. Don’t dwell on the negatives. Let’s face it, the holidays can be stressful. Some of us have conflict within our families, have experienced the loss of someone close or miss what once was. It’s ok to acknowledge that life is imperfect. We do not have to feel happy about everything during this time of year, but we should not dwell on the negatives. Find new positive experiences.
  • Be Thankful. Have gratitude for what you have and stop comparing yourself to everyone else. Find one small thing to be grateful for during each day of the holiday season.

Start today. Take a few minutes out of your busy holiday schedule and care for yourself every day.

Hildy Sheinbaum

Hildy Sheinbaum is a Registered Nurse and Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). Along with Steven Katz, she started the senior placement service at Sterling Care, a CMS 5-star certified home health agency based in Greenwich, CT. She is currently the Director of Sterling Care Senior Living Choices.

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