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Mindful During the Holidays

By Noel Daniel

The holidays are chaotic at the best of times. Your calendar’s full of parties, your lists are full of gift ideas, and your every waking moment may or may not consist of “have I forgotten something?” No matter what you celebrate, just navigating a store during the holidays can be a stressful ordeal. That’s why you have to keep your own self-care in mind.

“Make sure you’re drinking enough water,” said Teri O’Neal-Boring of Second Nature. “And make sure you’re eating properly so you don’t grab food that’s unhealthy for you. That’s something that people always do during the holidays. They grab the bad food because they’re not taking time to eat proper. It’s because your blood sugar dropped, you’re hungry, and you’ll grab anything.”

Eating is the hardest thing to keep a hold on during the holidays. It seems like everyone has a plate of this or a pot of that that they’re trying to send home with you. And so help me, if I’m offered tamales, I am going to eat every one of them. Luckily, with a few simple rules, you can make sure that you come out of the holidays looking and feeling just as good, if not even better, than you did before.

One rule to keep in mind during these holiday feasts is portion control. The turkey, the ham, and even the apple pie can all be yours, so long as you keep in mind that you’re not eating any more than you need. Often our eyes can be bigger than our stomachs, so another way of making sure you don’t overeat is to eat more slowly during the feast. Take some time to really enjoy each bite of what you’re eating. Taking a drink between each bite is a good way of slowing down so your stomach has more time to relay the message to your brain when it is good and satisfied.

And it’s not just eating you have to think about. You should also be getting plenty of rest and relaxation time in. That’s where essential oils can help, according to O’Neal-Boring. Four in particular she recommends are:

 


BERGAMOT:
Frequently used in massage therapy for calming effect. Promotes healthy-looking, clear skin.

LAVENDER:
Is widely used for calm and relaxation. Promotes sleep when diffused in a room. Helps moisturize skin.

LEMON:
Diffuse in a room to elevate mood. Use to clean kitchen or bathroom areas.

PEPPERMINT:
Freshens and invigorates when diffused. Supports mental performance and alertness.

 

“Essential oils may be used aromatically or topically in a variety of ways including diffusers, massage, compresses, baths, scrubs, lotions, and sprays,” said O’Neal-Boring. “Essential oils should be diluted with carrier oil or lotion before applying topically.”

In the list of things you have to do this holiday, make sure that you pencil in some time for yourself. Get enough sleep, drink enough water, and try not to go too crazy when you indulge. Most of all, have a wonderful holiday season—no matter what you do with it.

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