The holiday season brings many joys, but they can be accompanied by stress: increased commitments, family expectations, forced gaiety, and temptations to over consume can wreak havoc on your wellbeing. In the midst of holiday chaos, taking time for self-care can be the greatest gift you give yourself.
It can be helpful to regard this period between Thanksgiving and the New Year as a marathon, not a sprint: it’s okay to spread out commitments and to say “no” when you’re feeling overloaded. Sometimes, catching up with friends over hot chocolate and a stroll in the park brings a greater feeling of connection than shouted conversations at a large gathering.
Time in the out of doors can also have a real impact on your mood; research has shown a direct connection between spending time in nature and reduced levels of anxiety and depression. Even if you can’t keep to your regular exercise routine during the holidays, you can still take time for a walk outdoors with family o