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The holiday season is amongst us and it can easily leave you feeling depleted and stressed. While it may not be easy to practice self care for long stretches of time, here are 5 quick ways you can give back to yourself while you give so much to your family and friends during this holiday season.
Breathing is life energy. Even one minute of breathing can calm your nervous system and bring you back to the present moment if you find yourself stretched thin with multitasking. Take a minute (literally) to inhale through your nose and exhale out of your mouth.
Name how you feel.
Sometimes the best self care is simply naming how you feel to yourself or someone in your support network. Acknowledging feelings, especially uncomfortable, ones is a huge step in noticing yourself.
During the holidays or any other stressful time, I will take a quick drive in my car and scream as loud as possible. I take all of the feelings that I have been holding in and let it out with a scream. Don’t hold back. Sometimes self care needs to be loud, not quiet.
Moving your body is incredibly freeing and does not have to be anything complicated. Turn up a song and move however your body wants to move.
I love a good long journaling session, but often can’t find the time. On those days when I only have a few minutes, I do speed journaling. Write down 1 thing you are grateful for; 1 thing that you are celebrating about yourself and 1 thing you will do tomorrow to care for yourself. Easy, simple, and a great way to end a hectic day.
This holiday season will be full of joy, love, and inevitable challenges, too. Make sure to check in with yourself as you navigate it all. Remember: you deserve just as much generosity as your give everyone else, so give generously to yourself all of the time.
Meet Kandice Jones
Kandice Cole is a writer, consultant, and Chopra-certified wellness teacher. She is a University of Chicago alumnus with degrees in Psychology and Education. Kandice began her career in education as a teacher and has creatively transferred those skills to her work in nonprofit and corporate sectors as a facilitator and consultant. Kandice recently published her book The Joyful Woman’s Guide to Self Care
, to empower women to practice creative self-care. Her work is centered around the intersection of joy, creativity, and wellness. Kandice lives in the Houston area with her husband, 2 children, and 2 dogs. She is currently working on a historical fiction novel and a children’s book series. Learn more about her work at www.kandicecole.com