5 Ways To Practice Better Self-Care

Discover 5 ways to practice better self-care over the holidays so you can start 2014 with fresh new energy.

I feel stressed out. Perhaps you do too right now. The list of things to accomplish before Christmas is a lot longer than I would like it to be right now.

My body is saying it is time to rest, relax, and recharge. I am actually going to do that for myself over the next week or so. I am giving myself permission to unplug and I encourage you to give yourself permission too.

If you are having trouble giving yourself permission to take some time off all you need to do is ask the Permission Genie.

5 Ways To Practice Better Self-Care

Slow Down – Some days we think we need to be super-heros and come flying in at the last minute with the perfect gift or fix. Permission is hereby granted to let a few things fall through the cracks. Some things are just not worth stressing out over.

Sit and do Nothing – That’s right. Permission is hereby granted to sit and vegetate on the couch. (Not forever – just long enough to recharge.)

Indulge – I didn’t say OVERindulge, but enjoy the food and flavors of the holiday season. Permission is hereby granted to eat a couple extra cookies and not feel guilty about it.

Ask for Help  – I assure you, it is okay to ask for help once in a while. Permission is hereby granted for you to ask someone to help you in some way.

Get off the Computer – What!  Gasp! No! Okay, if you cannot let technology go completely, at least cut it back to the bare minimum. I know this one is difficult for me. I also know that failing to step away from the computer will make it difficult for me to fully recharge. Permission is hereby granted to leave emails unanswered for a day or two.

Feel better? I do. Have a cookie.

Also, here are links to a few past posts talking about surviving holiday gatherings and practicing mindfulness during the holidays that I thought would be helpful this time of year.

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