Holiday Self Care Guide
Holiday work parties, family gatherings, buying gifts for your loved ones and preparing for the incoming year, just to mention a few items that are on our overwhelming to-do list. We’ve entered the busiest time of the year, thanks to the bustle and excitement of this bright season. Needing to look and feel your best without the holiday season taking a toll on you may seem like a far-fetched dream.
With that in mind, I’ve come up with a list of five easy tips to practice self-care to maintain the holiday spirit.
1) Moments to Destress
During the busiest few weeks of your social calendar, you want to look radiant for all the festivities. For a quick pick me up for both your skin and you, take a 15-minute timeout to apply the NAVA JUNGOL Detoxifying Jungle Mask. This skin soothing facial mask, an indulgent concentration of nutrient rich botanicals will refresh, hydrate and leave skin visibly luminous.
2) Practice Saying No
As we strive to be engaged parents, friends, professionals and family members, saying no can feel selfish. Preserving ourselves in this way, however, will ultimately lead to our ability to be more present during the moments that mean the most to us, and around the ones we love.
3) Grounding Breath-Work
Breathe. By taking a deep breath, expanding our belly, pausing and then exhaling over the course of five seconds, we are giving our bodies’ integral operation systems a chance to reset. Breath work can calm our nervous system, increase our awareness and improve our overall happiness. According to the New York Times, repeating this practice four times on a regular basis generously contributes to our overall mindfulness, and who couldn’t use more of that?
4) Tea Time
There are a number of worthy teas out there to explore and enjoy, although one in particular is a favorite of mine, both because of its vast benefits, but also delectable taste. Rooted in our Ayurvedic tradition, Ashwagandha tea strengthens the body’s ability to cope with stress, promotes calmness and increases energy levels,. Drinking it on the go, or fireside in your favorite mug, use this tea to keep you warm in the coming snow-filled days.
5) The Gift of Music
The power of music, and the joy of hearing an old favorite song, is undeniable, and so accessible. Whether you’re a Spotify user or YouTube subscriber, most of us can queue something up that can enlighten our mood. During this time of year, I suggest the unmistakable splendor of Nat King Cole’s album The Christmas Song.
I’ve found these moments of self care to be essential in my life, not only because they keep me present and active, but because they also serve as catalysts to further health and enhance beauty. I hope they brighten your holiday season, and make even the longest days not just manageable, but meaningful
Love + Light,