Self care does not mean eat all the things

This time of year is often stressful for many people. And that stress often leads to poor food choices, increased alcohol consumption, a lack of sleep (which exacerbates the food and alcohol consumption), and a lack of activities that soothe your soul.

I know it’s a hard habit to break; particularly when people are feeling threatened, stressed out, or tired. We seek comfort. Which means we turn to high calorie, low quality foods to feel good. People don’t dig into a salad when they’re anxious. They reach for the mac and cheese.

I’m going to challenge you this season. From now until the end of December, I want you to try to step away from the comfort foods when you’re feeling stress. Instead, try something not related to food for a half an hour.

A few options:

  1. Take a bubble bath
  2. Call or FaceTime with a good friend
  3. Pick up a book
  4. Go for a walk
  5. Make a healthy recip
  6. Get sweaty – work out!
  7. Have sex
  8. Clean (if it makes you happy)
  9. Take a 20 minute cat nap
  10. Journal
  11. Meditate
  12. Avoid social media
  13. Practice a hobby
  14. Go to the park with your kids
  15. Ask for help
  16. Watch a funny, light comedy on tv

Some of these are definitely easier than others to accomplish. I don’t like asking for help. But sometimes, that half an hour of alone time, or asking someone else to take on a task can mean the difference between a happy holiday season, or one that leaves you burnt out, cranky, and wanting it to be over as quickly as possible.

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