“The work will get done. It will be done better than work that emerges from tiredness of soul and spirit. Nurtured, nourished people who love themselves and care for themselves are the delight of the universe. They are well-timed, efficient, and divinely-led.” —  Melody Beattie

Sometimes in the midst of the holiday season, we lose sight of what’s really important. If we get too consumed with decorating, shopping, baking, cooking, wrapping, addressing cards and attending holiday parties; the magic of the season may elude us. Becoming  overwhelmed with our “to do list” can be costly to our health. Lighten up by trimming that list so you can really enjoy the magic of the season.

Likewise, our expectations are just unrealistic and too demanding. When you spend too much time doing, you miss out on just being!  As a result, you can become fatigued, stressed and even sick.  Believe me, I’ve been there and wished I had a team of elves to help me!

That reminds me don’t be afraid to ask for help. My son helped me put up the lights last night and we were done in no time.

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body and is the most critical mineral for coping with stress. With the adrenaline-fueled rush of shopping, preparing and partying, stress levels can skyrocket. To avoid feeling depleted and exhausted, bulk up on magnesium-rich foods so you can enjoy the holiday season.

Remember, if you take some time for yourself, you’ll actually get more accomplished while feeling more relaxed, present and merry. Self-care is a gift that keeps on giving.

I know from experience that this is easier said than done, but I encourage you to give it a try. Are you ready to take a break from decking the halls? A little pampering can go a long way!

Get Glowing Holiday Tips

  • Just breathe! We can get so consumed with our schedules that we forget to breathe. Take a few moments each day and just inhale and exhale very deeply. It will energize and relax you.
  • Start the day right with a nourishing breakfast. Just eating a banana with some nut butter is a great boost. Be sure to take a lunch break and nourish yourself with some nutritious greens
  • Invigorate your whole body with an Epsom bath: Dissolve two cups of Epsom salts in a warm bath. Soak for 20 minutes and benefit from the relaxing and moisturizing effects of the magnesium sulfate. Magnesium is a stress buster that will energize, calm you, and balance cortisol and adrenaline levels.
  • Go nuts with magnesium rich foods like pumpkin seeds, beans, spinach, greens, whole grains and halibut. Dark chocolate is a great treat!
  • Soothe your muscles and calm your mind with a massage. Massage therapy strongly activates the lymphatic system, circulates your blood, detoxifies, and balances your body.
  • Get off your feet and pamper yourself with a foot massage. Massaging the multitude of nerve endings in the feet provides stress and pain relief throughout the entire body.
  • Get relief from dry skin and chapped lips by hydrating and rejuvenating your skin. Treat yourself to a professional facial or give yourself an at home treatment.  I just gave myself a pineapple honey treatment.
  • Keep hydrated and healthy with plenty of water. Your body gets really thirsty in the winter.
  • Ease up on stressful mall shopping by purchasing gifts at local stores in town.
  • Cozy up by a fire with a loved one. Watch some holiday classics with the family or perhaps sing some holiday favorites. Singing is another effective stress reducer.

Find the peace within because you won’t find it on line at the mall.  Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy Kwanzaa.  May your celebration warm your heart and fill you with joy. May we all find a little magic this holiday season!

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