Don’t Eat or Drink Your Feelings
If things become overwhelming, remind yourself not to overindulge in your favorite treats or holiday cocktails. The holidays often bring up baggage in the form of nagging relatives you don’t see regularly, reminders of family losses, or meeting the high expectations of your parents and in-laws. It’s important to acknowledge these feelings and deal with them in a healthy way instead of turning to extra food or alcohol.
Everyday Health explains emotional eating or drinking will often result in forming more bad habits, additional anxiety, and future dependence issues. Talk about your feelings with your partner, a friend, or close family member in a safe atmosphere where you can vent, and don’t let yourself fall down any rabbit holes.
While you spend your days this holiday season caring for everyone else, don’t forget to step back and reserve some time for yourself, as well. Self-care is as important as ever during the busy holidays. If you struggle to remember to make time, write it in your calendar or set a reminder on your phone. Do whatever you need to do to remember to treat yourself, and actually follow through on it!
With the holidays approaching, it’s more important than ever to remember to take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, grab a gift for yourself, exercise, eat right, and set aside some downtime. Follow these self-care tips to ensure you have a safe, memorable, and fun holiday season with your friends and family.