I’ll be the first to admit that the holiday season can make me a little crazy…as in, I have to do it all and everything has to be perfect kind of crazy. But, you know what I’ve realized in just these first few weeks of our first holiday season with a little one? It’s a couple of things actually – (1.) it doesn’t all have to be perfect or done right now and (2.) my sanity is way more important than getting the Christmas decorations up, taking that perfect picture, organizing all of the Christmas gifts…Especially with a newborn, and one who is nursing at that, maintaining my health, mental and physical, through appropriate self-care, is of the utmost priority during this season (and any season). I mean really, I’m not going to be able to do any Christmas merry-making if I end up physically ill or mentally distraught from trying to push myself too hard. Are you in the same boat?
I know I’m not the only one that goes all out this time of year, so I’m sure you could also benefit from a little self-care this holiday season. So, I’m sharing my top 5 tips for taking care of yourself and staying sane through the holidays. If you’re like me, you need these 5 simple practices now, but you’ll really need them the closer we get to December 25th.
With the busyness that is the holiday season, it can be easy to get caught up in all the chaos and completely lose yourself in the holidays (and not in a good way). I’ve struggled with getting too busy and not enjoying the season as much as I could have in the past, and I know I am particularly susceptible to that this year with it being Baby’s First Christmas at our house…So, I am setting my intention now in an effort to help me make the most of the holidays without going too overboard, and I plan to do so with a few simple hints. Want to make the most of your holiday season, too? Check out these ideas and let me know a few of your own! Here’s to making our holidays merry and bright (and just a little bit simpler)!
We’re taking a break from our weekly series to focus on our physical health today and discussing a topic that is pretty closely related to money woes – stress. Whether you are aware of it or not, stress is one of the single most detrimental factors that influence your health. Hopefully by discussing the effects of stress on our bodies, though, we’ll all be able to focus a little more on controlling our stress levels to live healthier, happier lives.
Stress, Is It Really the Silent Killer?
A report by Mayo Clinic states that stress is likely effecting your health and your daily life whether you realize it or not. This issue is one that can cause a number of health conditions that compound and negatively affect your overall wellness. If you suffer from insomnia, chronic pain, headaches, fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, and a variety of other ailments, chances are stress is the underlying cause. According to additional research, acute stress is actually the leading cause of sudden death. So, yes, it really is considered a silent killer. Continue reading