Self Care Tips for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again. The days are flying by and the holidays are quickly approaching. For many of us this means travelling, and or spending a lot of time in close quarters with family and friends. While this time is a blessing, self care is important too. Listed below are some helpful tips to help you survive the yuletide with a smile on your face.

Take a class: Travelling can afford you the opportunity to visit a new studio or gym. Phone Apps like MindBody, or ClassPass, which you may already be using, list local classes based off your location. Taking the time to move your body and sweat can put you in the perfect headspace to get through that awkward family meal. (Pro tip: if you can’t get out of the house, there’s a plethora of free content on Youtube. All you need is your mat and your phone.)

Get plenty of rest: Travelling can be taxing on the body, as can lots of social interaction that is common this time of year. Getting a healthy night’s sleep each night is so fundamental to functioning at our best, which we owe to ourselves as well as our loved ones. (Pro tip: Set a non negotiable curfew for each night. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.)

Sit and meditate: Taking time to sit and breathe, that one pretty much speaks for itself. A point to note particularly here is consistency is key. For those under a lot of stress, twice a day is recommended. (Pro tip: If sitting is challenging or not possible for any reason, go for a walk. See our Walking Japa post from last spring.)

Maintain healthy boundaries: A gentle reminder that in order to thrive, all living things need both space and room to breathe. Make sure that in the midst of what can be a very busy time of year, you’re taking some time for yourself, whatever form that happens to take. Saying no is always acceptable, especially when it comes to your mental health and well being. (Pro tip: Blame your therapist.)

While it may be the season of giving, we need to take care of ourselves first and foremost. After all, you cannot pour from an empty cup...or some yogic proverb like that.

From all of us at SY&M to all of you, we wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.