A few tips for holiday self-care

  1. Drink (water).
    The most important thing. Drink lots and lots of water.
  2. Eat (good food).
    Treats and goodies are a plenty, and so are the tips on how to avoid calories and holiday poundage. I like to take a different approach -- one that recognizes that a) seasonal treats are awesome and b) we all need to eat. Just try to eat real meals and lots of veggies alongside those cheese balls and bits and bites.
  3. Be realistic.
    Juggling commitments and rushing from place to place can be an energy drain. Don't be afraid to decline and disappoint if going to another ugly sweater party at your cousin's neighbour's place is going to put you over the edge.
  4. Get creative.
    I believe that most of us fall somewhere on the introversion spectrum. One thing I've learned since reading this book is that it's okay to get creative with your social outings and appearances. Sure, you love our family, but constant visiting can be a lot to manage  safeguard your energy by helping your nieces and nephews conquer a big puzzle, bringing a craft for others to join in. Helping in the kitchen is another great way to keep busy while still being social.
  5. Sleep.
    With some of the darkest days under the sun, this is actually the best time of the year to get some shut eye.

What are your strategies for avoiding holiday burnout?