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Does it feel like the days are getting shorter and your task list is getting longer? Maybe it's all the cookies you must bake, presents you should wrap, or suitcases you need to pack. Whatever you have to do this holiday, it's important to make time for yourself and take care of your well-being. And what better way to do that than with a good workout?
If you need to take a break from the seasonal hustle, we've got six go-to workouts to make the most wonderful time of the year a little brighter!
Workout: Hot Yoga
Why: Shake off the holiday stress with a serious sweat session. Roll out your mat, clear your thoughts and sink into your sanctuary. If you are new to a hot class, don't worry! Here are some tips on how to prepare.
Why: No Eggnog served here—just pure muscle-burning bliss! This low-impact exercise class will help you work on stability while seriously targeting specific muscle groups. Get ready to tuck (and tremble) all your stress away!
Why: When you feel that holiday stress level on the rise, it's time to take it out on the bag! Whether you are a beginner or experienced, this full-body workout will offer you the adrenaline to power through any late-night shopping or decorating deadlines.
Workout: Outdoor Cardio
Why: Whether you like to sprint, jog, or are just beginning your running routine breathing in some fresh air seems to do the soul some good. Try creating a new playlist to spice things up, lace up those sneakers, and get ready to leave your worries in the snow—I mean—dust.
Workout: Yin Yoga
Why: A more restorative practice, this type of yoga can help you find a peaceful, inner calm as you hold poses for longer periods of time. Try incorporating essential oils post-class to keep that Zen feeling going right through the season!
Why: With classes featuring intense, full-body workouts, this team environment offers extra encouragement to keep you focused. Circuit-style training will keep your mind on your sweat session, not on that holiday to-do list. Don’t forget to recover!
When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do.
How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?
As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.
When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:
In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect.
Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.
When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:
In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.
Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion.
When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:
That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain.