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Your host, Mio Yokoi, discusses the importance of self care during the holiday season when there can be many indulgences, obligations, expectations, social gatherings, financial pressures,

The reality for many people is that the holiday season can start very early, often many weeks before the end of the year. And that there are pressures such as social gatherings and office parties that get packed into this time of year, which means that there might be less time for routine and balance and self care

Mio shares her recent contribution to a Wellness Wednesday episode with The Spin‘s Barry Davis where she talks about self care tips and apps that can be helpful for managing stress.

Understand why anxiety and stress can often happen for many folks with increased intensity during this part of the year and how one’s routine life can be significantly disturbed by all that can be required during the holiday season.

During this time of year, because there’s so much that could be going on, we can lose track of what we’re eating, how much sleep we’re not getting or getting, whether we’re getting some movement or taking care of ourselves in certain ways.

Your host mentions and explains the three main pillars of self-care in today’s episode – nutrition, sleep, and movement. Learn why routine can slip regarding these things in the hectic holiday season.

Self-care is an important part of taking care of our ongoing mental health all year long. But it definitely helps us sustain ourselves more effectively when things are out of routine as they are at this time of the year.

Understand how the obligations and commitments during the holiday season can make you much less focused on your nutrition, and how excessive and unchecked consumption of alcohol and other festive meals can affect your health – which may result in exhaustion and mood disturbances.

Generally, during holiday meals, it is not necessarily the healthiest options are provided during these kinds of festive mealtimes.

Mio also explains how our sleep habits can get disturbed during these times and the quality and quantity of sleep we get is greatly compromised, leading to challenges in our overall sense of well-being.

Make sure that the quantity and quality of sleep is something that you focus on because even making a little bit of a tweak to focus on getting quality sleep may help you during times when things are more busy and hectic.

Your host has also included a number of app recommendations in the episode that can help you get your well-being back on track, and she also suggests a read for the holiday season if you’re looking for a break away and a good read for some downtime.

Whether you’re listening to this episode smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, or perhaps feeling overwhelmed at some other time during the year, take a breather from your day and try out a few of the self care tips shared in this episode.

Insights

  • How the holiday season rush can disrupt the rhythm of our routine lives.
  • Why self-care is increasingly important at this time of the year.
  • Four tips by Mio Yokoi to manage your holiday stress.
  • The three things that can be compromised the holiday season – nutrition, sleep, and movement.
  • How various apps can help and support in self-care.
  • Mio’s recommendation for a book that has fundamentally changed her way of thinking.

Resources Mentioned:
● Apps: Sleep Cycle | Calm | Headspace | Waking Up | Wisdo | Sanvello
● Mio’s Book Recommendation: The Four Agreements | Audible | Apple Audiobook
● Life Stuff 101: lifestuff101.com | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
● Mio Yokoi: Registered Psychotherapist

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