12 Days of Christmas ~ Day 11 ~ Self Care Over the Holidays

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12 Days of Christmas ~ Day 11 ~ Self Care Over the Holidays


Although I LOVE the holidays I know they can be stressful and tiring. Lots of time with family, everyone is out of their routine and tensions can rise as the days pass. I want to help you keep your cool this year! 


Sweat Sesh

Don't forget to exercise! Exercise is the best stress reliever there is. I have VERY limited options for working out with my condition but if I'm having an off day I almost always do a few minutes of my exercise bike to get those happy endorphins flowing! 



Eat Healthy

I know this is NOT what you want to hear but I swear that eating terrible for weeks on end is not the best way to keep your head on straight! Eating properly and treating your body well is the first step in having the energy it takes to host party's, keep the house clean-ish, and wrap gifts! My life motto with food is 80/20. I LOVE great food, so what I do is I have a very simple and sensible routine day to day with food. When it is a special occasion I eat the dessert or the bread or the items that aren't part of my daily life and I feel ZERO guilt because I don't do it often. Eating healthy will make you happier over the holidays, I PROMISE!



Don't Be Hard On Yourself

Stop trying to do everything perfectly. If you are a casual person who does not love a fancy gathering but wants to host friends and family, do it YOUR way! Don't compare to the way other people are doing their Christmas. Own your style, know that you are doing your best and that your values are to spend time with people and enjoy yourself! Bring the Joy back to your Christmas!

12 Days of Christmas - Day 11 - Self Care Over the Holidays




Don't neglect sleep. A great night's sleep will change your life. Make it a priority whenever you can!



Manage Expectations

If your Grandma ALWAYS comments on your eyebrows or the fact that you are still single, know that this year she will continue to be her consistent self. She is 85 and is not changing so don't let her behavior derail your happiness. Mentally prepare for each challenging person by simply addressing what annoys you in advance, have a little laugh to yourself when they behave in their usual manor and proceed to keep your cool. Remember these comments have NOTHING to do with you and everything to do with the person saying them. You are in control of ONE thing and that is how YOU react. Let this be the year that you change the dynamic and don't react or leave feeling hurt. 


Be Grateful

Being grateful is the quickest route to happiness. Be grateful for family and friends to spend time with. Be grateful for food on the table. Be grateful for your health. Be grateful that cranky Grandma is still around to say snarky things. We all have something to be grateful for. Find it and repeat it over and over again. Being grateful for what is good about your life rewires your brain to find the good in this world. 






I hope you all have the best Christmas yet! Managing your mental, physical and emotional health is always worth the work it takes. The more stressful the time the more important it is to care for yourself. Join me for my final day of my 12 Days of Christmas tomorrow!