No doubt you are busy trying to maintain a balance of work, family, friends and other obligations during this holiday season.
Need a few ideas to help keep you grounded in all your busyness?
Have a read through the top 6 favourite ways my fabulous clients practised self-care in 2015 in the 4 core components of wellness – physical, emotional, spiritual and mental.
Top physical health practices
Oops there are 7 here!
- Gym – Curves fitness for women – There are a few locations around Vancouver. Beba at the North Van location has gathered a terrific staff of ladies to assist you! http://curvesnorthvancouver.com/
- Run – trail, seawall, or through the running room – many locations around the lower mainland to accommodate you.
- Walk – to work, the seawall, Pacific Spirit or Stanley Parks.
- Clubs – walking, running, hiking, grouse grind, ski etc. Google eg. ‘walking clubs’ or ‘meet up’ groups near you.
- Cooking, Dance classes – community centres near you.
- Massage Therapy – The talented Mariana Mousouliotis comes highly recommended http://www.marianarmt.com/
- Naturopathic Preventative Medicine – Taryn Deane – Strengthen your mind, body and soul with this beautiful lady. http://taryndeane.com/about/
Top emotional health practices
- Sleep – This one really needs to be included in all components because it is as crucial as food and water when it comes to overall health.
- Volunteering time to help others – hospital/hospice, seniors centre, downtown eastside, and women’s centres.
- Limiting or eliminating toxic relationships.
- Making new friends – at work, through volunteer venues, clubs, classes.
- Learning to set boundaries and navigate difficult emotions through counselling.
- Understanding and cultivating how you want to feel every day, eg. Gratitude. Create a list of people, things, situations etc. that help you to experience gratitude and consciously practice experiencing gratitude every day by doing something from your list.
Top spiritual health practices
- Meditation – yoga studio, at home with Deepak & Oprah’s online 21-day challenges or a favourite self-guided meditation.
- Yoga – My fave is Ocean Breath Yoga – A lovely boutique studio on Granville Island http://www.oceanbreathyoga.ca/
- The tried and true listening to soothing music while taking a bath (some add a glass of wine and a book to this ritual).
- Being present and not thinking about the past or future.
- Spending alone time in ways that feel fulfilling to you.
- Being authentic about the way you feel and what you want.
Top mental health practices
Emotional, spiritual and physical practices can lead to enhanced levels of mental health
- Games – Word search, candy crush, sudoku.
- Learn something new – new language, new craft, and new musical instrument.
- A good nights sleep – keeps negativity at bay
- Mental stillness (meditation, adult colouring books, handicraft, running)
- Learn to see the opportunity in ‘problems’.
Hopefully, you have rekindled some tried and true forms of self-care to help keep you grounded through the holiday season and perhaps you can take a few new ideas with you into the New Year.