Without a doubt this year has been tough for everyone. We all in some way or another have felt the impact of 2020. With this year coming to a close, and the stress of the holidays has you feeling like you have no time for yourself, here are some tips to keep yourself healthy and happy this season.

Keep up With Your Routine

It’s no surprise that studies have shown keeping up with your routine can improve mental health and decrease anxiety. Even if you’re only able to stick to a routine for part of your day, keeping things consistent will help decrease your overall anxiety. Get your exercise in, journal, meditate, whatever you need, make it a priority. If your schedule is too hectic and you can only get 5 minutes of stretching in or 5 minutes of 'you time' DO IT. Those five minutes can really make an impact on your day. 

Indulge Wisely

Between the overabundance of sweets and treats, prepping and cooking, overindulging has almost become synonymous with the holidays. While it’s good to give in occasionally, set goals and limitations for yourself each week and hold yourself accountable.

Practice Gratitude

One of the most important aspects of self care and emotional wellbeing is practicing gratitude and appreciation. Whatever is fueling your soul this holiday season, be it your body, your friends, your family; make sure you take the time to stop, reflect, and thank everything that has gotten you to this point. 2020 has definitely tested us in more ways than one which is why it's so important to find the silver lining and gratitude in everything. 

Use Your Time To Destress

Use this time to be present. Put your cellphone down, turn off the TV, stop reading the news. Instead, call your friends, family and loved ones. Read a book, listen to some music, watch your favorite holiday movies, look at old pictures, soak up the last month of the year. While it's definitely been a challenging one, using this time to destress and stay busy by being present in things that bring you happiness will only leave you feeling more abundant. 

Don’t Put It off for Your Resolutions

A common thing that I hear from my patients around this time of year is that they’ll put things off until the New Year so that they can attempt change as a New Year’s resolution. However, there is never a good reason to delay positive improvement, and I remind my patients of this as often as possible. The bottom line: If you’re able to make a healthy change now, prioritize it.

What are some of your tips for making yourself a priority this holiday season?

With love, 

Dr. Shweta Desai