Self-Care for the Holidays | 10 Quick + Easy Ideas

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Has seasonal fatigue set in? Rekindle your joy with these great self-care tips from YogaVibes friend and Happiness Coach, Julie Santiago. Thanks, Julie!

10 Quick & Easy Ways to Take Care of Yourself During the Holidays

The holidays are such a hard time to prioritize ourselves and our wellness. December is usually filled with holiday parties, gift-shopping, organizing, planning, cookie baking, family gathering, etc. It's such a special time of year and you don't want to say "no" to anything. The more holiday merriment, the better - right?

Often times this means we fall out of habit with the things we KNOW make us feel good. Getting in a workout, eating healthfully, taking time for ourselves can be really challenging when you're trying to juggle so many things at once. Our own self-care is usually the first thing to go and when we stop taking care of ourselves...

We get cranky, snappy, impatient...

We get tired, spacey, foggy headed, scatterbrained...

We stop exercising which means we keep all the stress stored in our bodies and don't release through movement which usually means we release onto someone else... (Remember: Stored energy must eventually come out!)

We make poor food choices so we feel even more depleted, less energized, and down on ourselves.

But it doesn't have to be this way. Whether you have 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30 minutes, here are ways to refill your tank so you can FULLY enjoy the holidays without having to sacrifice anything.

Got 1 minute?

1) Take a quick break from whatever you're doing and step outside. Even in the cold, breathing in fresh air will immediately replenish your body, mind and soul. For extra credit, take your shoes off and allow your feet to touch the earth. Maybe even touch a tree to really get grounded and connected to nature.

2) Turn on your favorite, cheesy song and dance like a crazy person just for one minute.

3) Sit with your eyes closed. Inhale for 5 seconds. Hold for 5 seconds. Exhale for 5 seconds. Do this 4 times and you'll immediately feel calmer.

4) Place one hand on your heart and take a deep breath in. Notice the beating of your heart. Imagine that through your hand, you're sending your heart love and gratitude for always taking such good care of you.

Got 5 minutes?

1) Make yourself a warm cup of peppermint tea. Drink it with no distractions staring out the window.

2) Grab a pen and a journal and allow yourself to write everything you're grateful for in this moment.

3) Google "Most Inspirational YouTube Videos" and pick one to watch.

4) Stand up, fold forward and just let your head hang. As you breath into your lower back for a minute feel the tension releasing. Roll your spin all the way up and begin to circle your hips in one direction for one minute and then switch for another minute. Just allow your hips and your spine to move however they want. For the final minute, jump up and down shaking out of your fingers and hands releasing anything you've been holding onto. Imagine that it's all pouring out of your hands as you shake.

Got 30 minutes?

1) Do a 30 minute YogaVibes class. I have to admit…I'm one of those people who can talk myself out of yoga if I don't have 2 hours to dedicate to a class. But the awesome thing about doing yoga online is that you only need 30 minutes. It doesn't have to be this all or nothing experience. I recently did a 31 minute class by Rolf Gates called Wake Up Well and a 23 minute class called Core Hell taught by Annie Carpenter. Both days I was feeling frazzled and knew I wasn't going to have to actually go to a yoga class. So I found a quick and easy class and 30 minutes later my entire body and mind were reset.

2) Give yourself an oil massage. Before you take a bath or shower, rub oil all of your body. Start from your feet and work your way, really massaging your muscles with love and care. Allow it to sink in for 10-15 minutes and then hop in the shower or bath. Your skin will feel amazing and your mind will be still.

Happiness Coach Julie Santiago Happiness Coach Julie Santiago

Julie Santiago is a former Wall Street trader turned Spiritual Mentor & Happiness Coach. Having spent most of her 20s living someone else’s version of her life, she found herself with money in the bank but a hole in her heart. Since escaping the golden handcuffs and diving into the unknown, Julie now helps other women get unstuck…in life, in business, and in love.

She is a warrior for other women to fall madly in love with their lives as she guides them to break through their fears and experience happiness and freedom like they've never known. Learn more about Julie at


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