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Embracing the Gift of Self-Care: A Guide to Reducing Holiday Stress

By: AdvantageHealth Corporation


The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and connection with loved ones. However, amidst the festive cheer, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle, leading to increased stress levels. This is why prioritizing self-care during the holidays is crucial for maintaining both physical and mental well-being. In this blog post, we'll explore the numerous benefits of self-care during the holiday season and provide practical tips on how to reduce stress.


If you are managing the benefits/wellness programs for your organization, it is escpecially important for you to take time to check-in with yourself. Celebrate your successes from 2023, both profressionally and personally. Take some time to celebrate YOU and all of your accomplishments. Model to your staff as well as your loved ones that it's vital to slow down and practice self-care.


Benefits of Self-Care During the Holidays

  1. Stress Reduction: The holiday season often comes with a long to-do list, including shopping, cooking, and hosting gatherings. Incorporating self-care activities, such as deep breathing exercises or mindfulness, can help alleviate stress and promote a sense of calm.

  2. Improved Mental Health: The holidays can be emotionally charged, bringing both joy and, for some, sadness or anxiety. Taking time for self-care allows individuals to check in with their mental health, fostering emotional resilience and well-being.

  3. Enhanced Productivity: Taking short breaks for self-care can actually improve overall productivity. Whether it's a brisk walk, a few moments of meditation, or enjoying a favorite book, these breaks can recharge your energy and focus.

  4. Better Physical Health: The holiday season often involves indulging in festive treats and rich meals. Prioritizing self-care includes maintaining a balanced diet, staying hydrated, and incorporating regular exercise, which contributes to better physical health.

  5. Strengthened Relationships: Taking care of yourself allows you to bring your best self to your relationships. When you're well-rested and emotionally balanced, you're better equipped to connect with and enjoy the company of others.

Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress through Self-Care

  1. Set Realistic Expectations: Instead of trying to create a perfect holiday experience, set realistic expectations for yourself. Understand that it's okay to delegate tasks, and not everything has to be flawless.

  2. Create Boundaries: Learn to say 'no' when necessary. Overcommitting can lead to burnout, so prioritize your time and energy for activities that truly matter to you.

  3. Schedule "Me" Time: Block out specific times for self-care activities on your calendar. Whether it's a spa day, a quiet walk, or a hobby you enjoy, make it a non-negotiable part of your schedule.

  4. Stay Active: Physical activity is a great stress reliever. Schedule regular exercise, whether it's a gym session, a home workout, or a brisk walk in nature. It's not only good for your body but also for your mind.

  5. Practice Mindfulness: Incorporate mindfulness and relaxation techniques into your daily routine. Whether it's meditation, deep breathing exercises, or simply being present in the moment, these practices can help center your mind and reduce stress.


 

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Email Kristine at kkeykal@advantagehealth.com to get started or call 612.823.4470 (select option “1”).

Let Kristine Keykal, M.P.H, co-founder of AdvantageHealth with over 20 years of experience, consult with you on your employee wellness program.


Since 2001, Minnesota-based AdvantageHealth has been delivering award-winning employee wellbeing programs and fitness center design & management throughout the U.S.

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