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Tips For Keeping Yourself A Priority During The Holidays

Dr. Shweta PaiDr. Shweta Pai Member, Medical Advisory Board Posts: 24 ✭✭
edited December 2019 in Dr. Shweta Pai

When the stress of the holidays has you feeling like you have no time for yourself, here are some tips to keep yourself healthy and happy this season.

Indulge wisely

Between holiday parties occupying your weekend, and the overabundance of sweets and treats that flood the workspace, overindulging has almost become synonymous with the holidays. While it’s good to give in occasionally, set goals and limitations for yourself each week and hold yourself accountable

Keep up with your routine

It’s no surprise that studies have shown that keeping up with your routine can improve mental health and decrease anxiety. Even if you’re only able to stick to a routine for part of your day, keeping things consistent will help decrease your overall anxiety. 

Practice gratitude

One of the most important aspects of self care is practicing gratitude and appreciation. Whatever is fueling your soul this holiday season, be it your body, your friends, your family; make sure you take the time to stop, reflect, and thank everything that has gotten you to this point. 

Use your time off to destress

This time of year can really absorb a lot of your coveted PTO days. Remember that if you’re taking vacation for the holidays, even if you’re busy visiting family or busy with holiday plans, it’s still your vacation! Enjoy it, find time to relax and destress, even if only for a few minutes each day.

Don’t put it off for your resolutions

A common thing that I hear from my patients around this time of year is that they’ll put things off until the New Year so that they can attempt change as a New Year’s resolution. However, there is never a good reason to delay positive improvement, and I remind my patients of this as often as possible.  The bottom line: If you’re able to make a healthy change now, prioritize it.

With love,

Dr. Pai


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