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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

'Tis The Season For Some Self-Care

By December 12, 2013

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"How about a month of obligations, overspending, difficult travel and horrible weather?" - The pitch for the month of December.
(Jim Gaffigan quote that made me laugh)

During this time of year, people often become so busy with all the activities that come with the holidays--parties, shopping, baking, decorating, etc.--that they have less time for self-care. When we sleep too little and run too much, it can be a recipe for stress. (It can also become an in invitation for a cold, the holiday blues, or merely a damper for your festivities, none of which you want.) It's somewhat ironic, isn't it? We want so much to have fun and make the season special that we end up ruining our own good time (and probably affecting the holiday memories of our loved ones) by doing so many of these 'special' things that we can't take care of our basic needs quite as well as we should. Overtired, over-stimulated, and just plain crabby, we can find ourselves sick and tired of all the 'fun' we're having.

This year, give to yourself first--be sure to practice adequate (or even above-adequate) self care--and you'll find that you have more to give others. If you have some time to yourself, you'll be excited for the holiday parties you can attend; if you are rested enough, you'll have the energy for all the activities; if you eat your healthy food, you'll be able to better handle dessert (or eat less of it, and thank yourself when you tackle your new years goals in a few weeks). You may just decide find more ways to make your new year fantastic by maintaining better self care in 2014, which can be a great way to relieve stress.

Here are some resources that can help:

  • Top 10 Self-Care Strategies
    What are the most important things to remember when taking care of yourself, and how should you go about adopting them into your lifestyle? Read on, and see.

  • Combat Holiday Overeating
    Maintaining a healthy diet during the holiday season can be extra-challenging. These tips can help you identify your triggers, and find ways around them.

  • Readers' Top Self-Care Strategies
    Sometimes the best advice can be the tried-and-true tip from someone who stumbled upon it during their own stressful times. See other readers' best tips for self care, or share your own favorite strategies.

  • Banish Holiday Perfectionism
    If you're too busy for your own good, it's time to cut corners! Here are some ways to just let go, where you'll never miss what you didn't do. Find more time by cutting out the activities that don't matter.

  • Find More On Facebook
    "Like" the Facebook group About Stress, and you'll find regular articles, inspirational quotes, and conversations about stress management that can help you remember to relax, and show you how.

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