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Generally I wait until the new year to make big changes. The holiday season throws me off in a big way – with parties and cold weather and lack of my regular routine. In fact, I’m an all or nothing person. I can either work three jobs a day like the best of them, or prefer to lie on the couch in flannel pants for an entire day, with a book or two. There’s not really an in-between. Last year I didn’t take great care of myself around the holiday season and I think it affected my ability to connect with the feelings I love to feel. I felt tired, disconnected, numb, and not healthy. What I wanted to feel is hope, joy and magic.
Reaching a mind-body balance throughout the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holiday season is not something I take lightly. I take many steps to be the best me possible, and some work well, and others taper off if I’m not careful to keep a routine. Here is one thing I can do. Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories*. It’s easy. It’s rather tasty if you do it my way (gummy vitamins). And taking control feels great.
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Here are three ways I’m managing the hustle and bustle of the 2016 holiday season:
1 – Rest and relaxation. Sometimes it can be incredibly hard to move forward, or to know how to do so. I have kids and two career paths. I am fearful and anxious at times, and brave during other times. I work like crazy and I don’t rest as often as I could. I plan to make it a point to have quiet, and even loud, time to myself as much as I need it.
2 – Regular exercise and a diet high in protein, vegetables, and fruits, and with great vitamins and supplements.
3 – Connections. I’ve been noticing that good days come around often, but great days are ones in which I get quality time with all members of my family, human or not. I take the dog to the dog park about 4-5 times a week. It’s good exercise for me, good exercise for her, and great to get out in nature. I have also started hanging out with my kids without my smartphone around. It’s amazing how happy it makes them, and me in the long run. We play more together. I listen better.
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