Make the holiday happy for you, too!

Your holiday list should include a very important person—you! Through the gifts, the parties, the travel and the stress, there’s one person you can’t afford to forget—and that’s you and your own well-being. David R. Topor, PhD, reminds us in an online article from Harvard Medical School that “there’s plenty of excitement from seeing family and friends, but also stress, travel, long lines, planning, preparation — and a range of emotions from positive to negative.” Here’s how he suggests you take time out for yourself:

  • Regularly schedule time to engage in self-care activities. This can be yoga, meditation or a hobby you enjoy, he says.
  • Engage in deep breathing or other relaxation skills. Listening to soothing music can help put the focus back on yourself, if only for a few moments.
  • Monitor your stress level. Dr. Topor says the best way to do that is write down how you’re feeling when something (or someone!) stresses you out. Is it a particular person? Is it an uncomfortable situation? If you feel your stress is high, he says to take time out for a walk or yoga, or even watching a favorite TV show. It can calm you down and remove the stress.
  • Being present around the presents. This is a special time of the year, and sometimes we have to remind ourselves of that! “Take notice of the smells, sounds, and sights of the holidays,” he says. There’s a reason why we prepare for the holidays, so take a moment to enjoy them.

Remember, the best gift you give your loved ones this season is yourself! Take a little time look around, take a deep breath and enjoy the holidays! Want to read the rest of Dr. Topor’s suggestions on taking care of yourself? Check it out HERE! And from all of us at Pure Romance, have the happiest of holidays!

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