With the holiday season in full swing, your schedule is probably full of events with family and friends. A busy schedule can often lead to less time spent taking care of yourself. This year, we want to help you place your focus on what the holidays is all about: giving, spending time with loved ones and enjoying the magic that comes with this time of year. Caring for yourself will allow you to enjoy all that the holiday season has to offer! Here are four tips for balancing your holiday schedule with self-care:
- Honour Your Body
You are the only one who truly knows how you are feeling physically, mentally and emotionally. Remember to honour what your body is telling you. For example, if you are feeling too full for dessert after a big holiday meal, honor your fullness by saying no to seconds or dessert.
- Maintain Your Routine
A busy schedule can often lead to missed meals and snacks, or with more holiday favourites around, you may feel tempted to “save up” by limiting what you eat during the day and making up for it at a holiday event. Work on having regular meals and snacks throughout the day so that you can truly enjoy your favorites and prevent feeling too full.
- Incorporate Balance
Whether you are hosting or attending an event, prepare a dish that offers balance and substance to the spread of options available. For example, try a festive kale salad with pear, goat cheese and pomegranates, or make a fun holiday themed veggie tray with hummus.
- Savour Your Meal
With the busy pace of the holiday season, remember to slow down and savour the special moments. This includes slowing down and enjoying a holiday meal surrounded by friends and family. You have the right to enjoy your meal without thinking about how many calories you are eating or without judgment from anyone else. This will allow you to fully appreciate the moment while honoring your body!