While it may feel selfish, now more than ever you need to focus on your own self-care.
This includes gently moving your body, getting enough rest, reaching for some highly nutritious foods, and taking some quiet time for meditation, prayer, or reflection.
And the number one thing you can do for your own wellness?
Ask for the support you need.
- You may want to go it alone.
- You may not feel comfortable asking for help.
- You may be embarrassed by your emotions.
Much of holiday stress is feeling like you are in this alone.
And that’s a really tough, and painful road.
This is not the time to tough it out by yourself.
Study after study shows that having at least one person support you in meeting your wellness goals will dramatically increase your chances of success.
Having support helps you:
- Normalize what you’re going through—You realize that everyone gets emotionally stressed, overwhelmed, overeats, and has moments of weakness. You are not a failure or a freak.
- Notice and honor what you are doing for your self-care—Having someone to share the positive steps you are taking helps keep you motivated to take more steps.
- Problem solve— You’ve got someone on your side who can see your situation more objectively and can help you brainstorm ways around any obstacles.
- Re-find your inner peace—going it alone makes it easier to get caught in the negative thought spiral going on in your head. Having support helps break the inner patterns enabling you to refocus on the present and the blessings you have in your life.
Where can you find help?
- Ask a friend or family member—Choose someone who is consistently positive, good at problem solving, and will be uplifting and inspiring.
- Join a group—There are a number of on-line and in-person support groups. One such site is transformation.com. This incredible free community recognizes that emotions play a big role in wellness.
- Hire a coach—Consider working one-on-one with a certified professional health or wellness coach who can help you stay focused on your self-care.
- Go to a counselor–If your fear and grief are so intense that you are having trouble functioning, seek out the help of a professional counselor or therapist.
Taking care of yourself no matter what enables you to take care of others.
And if you have the inner resources to give, reach out to someone and offer unconditional support and encouragement—even love. The result is you both feel better—body, mind and spirit.
What can you do this weekend to reach out for—or give—support?
Having at least one person helping to cheer you on, boost morale, and problem solve will make it easier to take care of you, even in the face of really difficult circumstances.
Together we can do it!
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