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Key Points for Christmas Holiday Self-Care
Protect Your Energy
Some of us get an energy boost from social gatherings, others find them draining, or that they affect our nervous energy.
If you have a busy social Christmas ahead, think about how you like to recharge. Do you need some alone time, or a walk? Just give it some thought and allow yourself some space when you need it.
Walking after big mealtime gatherings allows for space even if a few people tag along. Getting outside will help you digest and clear your head. It's easy to loose track of time over Christmas and loose out on fresh air and natural daylight, both of which are essential to feeling healthy and energised.
Keep Warm and Nourished
Hot spiced apple juice and herbal teas will keep you warm and hydrated without the stress to your nervous system that coffee and alcohol bring.
Free Yourself from Expectations
We can plan our meals and our time together to an extent, but holidays are much easier if you can let them unfold. We can't control the opinions, moods or priorities of others, we can only turn up as us and the rest will play out as it will.
Christmas isn't about perfect - to worry about the perfect tree, gift etc. is to bury ourselves in stress and obsession of tiny details that are really not the point.
Remember to Breathe
Practice being aware of your body and tension levels, if you notice yourself feeling overwhelmed, by noise, crowds, family excitement make a conscious act of dropping your shoulders and breathing out slowly.
The take a couple of minutes to take some slow deep breaths, no-one will notice and you will feel more relaxed.
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