Importance of Self-Care During the Holiday Season

On this site, in the Solid Blog and on Wellness Wednesdays on The Spin, we discuss ongoing strategies, ideas and plans for sustaining ongoing foundation for mental health and wellness. 
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For many people, this is a really busy and festive time of year.  Not only can it be full of plans, events and obligations, it can also be full of rich foods, spending money, more alcohol and be out of the usual routine.

On top of all that, being out of routine can lead to imbalance, overwhelm and additional strain physically, mentally and emotionally.

The personal mission I’ve adopted for myself this year is to get as many people as possible to take care of their mental health just as seriously as they take their physical health

Because there are still people who don’t believe that Mental Health Is Actually a Thing. And yes, Mental Health is a Thing.

And self-care is an important part of taking care of our ongoing mental health all year long, which helps to sustain us more effectively when things are out of routine, as they often are during the holidays.

These tips would be applicable all year-round, but a good reminder during the holidays when things can be more intense than at other times.

Here are a few things to keep in mind to take care of yourself during this time of year:

  • Get your sleep
  • Between the holiday meals, try to have healthier options.
  • Keep track of indulgences.
  • Movement.

Apple also had a feature recently mentioning some apps that could be helpful to manage during the holidays. 

Their recommendations are:

  • Sleep app: Sleep Cycle
  • Meditation apps: Calm. I also recommend Headspace and Waking Up.
  • Support & Community apps: I don’t have any specific knowledge or experience with these following apps but: Wisdo is apparently an app that allows users to share and connect with others where folks can post private and public message. And Sanvello is an app designed to help manage stress and anxiety with audio lessons created by mental health professionals based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

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