The truth is the holidays can become a bit overwhelming to both those who enjoy and loathe this time of year.
Thankfully, there are things we can do to minimize the stress.
Follow these tips to practice some much needed self-care so that you can be fully present this holiday season:
It's common knowledge that portion sizes, alcohol intake and snacking increase over the next month. Instead of completely depriving ourselves, let's take steps to prepare for this so our bodies can cope more easily and we feel good about the occasional treat:
1) Make sure you have healthy alternatives in the cupboard or fridge so that you have other options if you're feeling cheese plattered-out. Wherever possible, limit the amount of heavy or starchy foods so your body doesn't feel so full.
2) You can take a supplement over December and January such as Milk Thistle to give your liver a helping hand, and try our After Dinner Tea with peppermint and dandelion to help with digestion.
3) Stop making New Year's resolutions that promote a cold-turkey (excuse the pun) restrictive yo-yo diet. Instead, ease yourself in to whatever healthy transformation you choose to make so your lifestyle change is more likely to continue way past 2020. Consider making goals to get your body moving more often which helps the function of all of your organs, improves sleep, reduces stress, and so much more. Yoga, swimming, running and weight lifting can be meditative activities: try focusing on the movements, the repetitions, your senses and emotions, your breath and the surroundings to bring more awareness to your workout, and reap the benefits of a calmer mind throughout the day.
This one is fairly self explanatory and one you should follow all year round, but now is a better time than ever to make sure you are drinking enough water! Central heating, dry, cold weather and alcohol can seriously dehydrate you. Drink 2 litres of water a day and you will be amazed at how your skin looks and how much energy you have. You can always treat yourself to a Copper Water bottle* - not only do they look amazing, but you get some additional Ayurvedic benefits from the copper too!
*Only available in store.
This one covers many, many topics. Whether it's pressure from your family to visit for extended periods of time, pressure to find the right gift (we'll make it easy - see our gift guide blog post for all price ranges and people!) or pressure to attend 6 New Year's Eve parties because you don't want to let anyone down - the solution here is the same. Boundaries and communication.
Be honest with yourself and your loved ones about your limits, whether they're financial, social, or time. This is your holiday too - and that may mean you need a break supposed obligations! Take a look at your budget and set realistic limits for each person's gift so that you're not paying off a huge credit card bill in the new year. Don't have enough time to shop for everyone? Suggest secret Santa. You're hosting a party? Ask everyone to bring a dish or BYOB.
Set boundaries by simply allocating time for yourself each day, take a bath with your new Bath Salts or read a book and remember to recharge your mind and body.
And ask for help if you need it! Emotions can run high during this time of year so communicating this is important. Say it with me... 'Can you bring a side dish?' and 'Would you mind watching the kids so I can nap?'
Use this time to take care of yourself and enter the New Year refreshed and well rested.
December means parties and there's a particular one on the 31st that is the most anticipated... I've laid out my favourite at-home facial to brighten, tone and firm - perfect to prep your face for your NYE party and to give your skin a much needed antioxidant boost. It's also a lovely way to take 30-40 minutes to yourself!
If possible, do this facial about 2 hours before applying make-up to give your skin time to drink in all the lovely ingredients! If your skin feels a little dry before applying your make up, take a very small amount of Wild Rose Beauty Balm and press into the skin on dry areas like the cheeks and jaw for dewy, refreshed skin.
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