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Gift Yourself Good Health

Self-Care Tips from Our Crossover Providers

‘Tis the season of giving. We’re sure you’ve mastered the giving to others part; but what about the self-care needed to sustain yourself through the holidays and into the new year? 

In all the hustle and bustle of the season, our clinicians want you to understand that self-care is not selfish and to take time to include yourself on your gift list. Here are 4 ways to gift yourself good health this holiday and in 2023.

1. Take Action to Boost Your Mood

Let’s be real, the busyness of the holiday season combined with colder weather and darker days can bring stress and anxiety. Recognizing those feelings, then working to boost positive emotions can help get you back on track and improve your mood. Here are a few steps to get started.


2. Eat Healthy to Sustain Your Joy

You can find joy in your food and balance healthy eating this holiday! Instead of thinking of certain foods as “good” or “bad,” one of our trusted health coaches explains how to shift your focus to joy, balance, and flexibility in this video. 


3. Connect with Your Breath to Stay Centered

Sometimes a quick moment to notice your breath may be all you need to recenter yourself. Take that moment now.



4. Stretch the Stress Out 

When we experience long-term stress, our bodies can hold tension in our neck and shoulder muscles. Try these stretches to help loosen the tension in your body and mind. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make time for self-care during the busy holiday season?

Schedule self-care activities like exercise, meditation, or relaxing hobbies in your calendar, and treat them as non-negotiable appointments. Start small with just 10-15 minutes per day.

What are some healthy snack ideas to have on hand during the holidays?

Keep fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, yogurt, and whole grain crackers nearby for nutritious options when you need a quick pick-me-up.

How can I manage feelings of stress and overwhelm during the holidays?

Try deep breathing exercises, journaling, or talking to a trusted friend. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries and say no to obligations that don’t serve you.

What are some ways to stay physically active when it’s cold outside?

Look for indoor options like taking the stairs, doing home workout videos, or going for a walk at the mall. Dress warmly and get outside for short bursts of fresh air when possible.

How can I maintain a healthy sleep schedule amidst holiday parties and late nights?

Stick to a consistent bedtime routine, limit screen time before bed, and consider using blackout curtains or an eye mask to optimize your sleep environment.

What are some easy self-care rituals I can incorporate into my daily routine?

Try dry brushing, taking an Epsom salt bath, or applying a nourishing face mask a few times per week.

What are some signs that I may need to prioritize self-care more during the holidays?

Feeling constantly fatigued, having trouble sleeping, experiencing increased anxiety or irritability, or neglecting your normal healthy habits.