1. Take Some Time To Yourself
Take some quiet time to yourself, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Regardless of if you give yourself 5 minutes or 5 hours, you are sure to feel better after realigning with your authentic self.
Remember, the holidays are supposed to be fun, so release any pressures around what you should or shouldn't be doing and instead relax and enjoy!
2. Schedule Self Care In Advance
Often the times when we are our busiest are the times we need self care the most, so be proactive and schedule your self care in advance! Register for a yoga class, book a relaxing massage or plan a date with yourself and put it in your schedule the way you would any other task you need to complete. When the time comes you will be thankful to have a break where you will return refreshed, grounded and ready to take on the next round of festivities!
3. Set An Intention
Setting an intention is a powerful tool in helping to manifest your desired outcome and can be used as a gentle reminder of how you wish to feel when you get thrown off by stress. An intention can be as simple as a word such as 'harmony' or can be a sentence such as 'I intend to lead from a place of compassion this holiday season.'
4. Get Organized
Whether you are an old fashioned list writer, or Google Calendar enthusiast, set aside some time to get clear about everything you need to complete this holiday season. Break down each item into bite size tasks with realistic due dates that you feel comfortable with. By having the information stored in one place you will feel more in control and better equipped to deal when the busyness of the season takes over.
5. Do Less
Once you have a better understanding of all the things you need to do, ask yourself which ones are absolutely essential and what could be either delegated or skipped altogether. The holidays are about being present, having fun with your loved ones and practicing gratitude, if you don't make your famous gingerbread cookies or colour coordinate your tree perfectly, is it going to take away from any of that? Probably not. So, don't stress! Do what you can and be in the moment.
6. Be Mindful Of What You Eat
The work parties, family gatherings and social events are sure to temp you to indulge in endless snacking. This is an important time to consider what it is that you are eating (and not eating!) and make some swaps and changes. Taking the time to carefully select what you put in your body is going to positively impact both your health and mood. You might have to miss out on some of your favourite festive treats, but your mind and your body will thank you!
We want to hear from you. What are some of your favourite ways to sneak in some downtime during this busy season?
Written By: Dr. Shannon Vander Doelen, ND
There are lots of natural remedies that are safe in pregnancy (and while breastfeeding) that can help you feel better, faster!
How do I know if I have a cold or a flu?
While both colds and flus are viral illnesses (meaning taking an antibiotic won’t be helpful), there are a few symptoms that might suggest what you are dealing with is the influenza virus as opposed to just the common cold. If you think you may have the flu and you are pregnant, it’s important to be in touch with your Midwife or OB/GYN. These are some ways to differentiate:
Is there anything I can do to prevent getting sick?
Absolutely! As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! In addition to prioritizing good sleep, healthy diet and physical activity, I often recommend patients take probiotics and vitamin D on the regular throughout pregnancy. Not only do these serve important roles in supporting the baby’s growth and development, they are superheros at boosting the functioning of your immune system. There is also a growing body of evidence that suggests that taking echinacea during cold and flu season can prevent you from getting sick (it might not be that great once you actually are sick though) - echinacea is one of the few herbal medicines that is deemed safe in pregnancy, but still be sure to run it by your primary care provider or Naturopathic Doctor before you start taking it.
It happened, I got sick! What can I do now?
I highly recommend staying home and resting your body - it’s already working super hard to build a baby, so it needs all the help it can get! Sleep is one of the best ways to support your immune system’s ability to fight off a viral infection. If you haven’t been already, consider starting to take a probiotic and Vitamin D. A bit of extra Vitamin C and some Zinc may also be additionally helpful to giving your immune system a kick in the butt. One of my favourite herbs to consider when you are sick, specifically with the flu, is Elderberry - it not only helps boost your immune system, but also acts as an antiviral agent to kill off the influenza virus (and it tastes delicious!) Again, while these are all considered safe in pregnancy, be sure to speak with your primary care provider or Naturopathic Doctor before starting any new supplements to make sure they are safe for you.
With winter on the horizon, start to make a plan to support your immune system and prevent yourself from getting sick this cold and flu season. Curious about how working with a Naturopathic Doctor during pregnancy can help you? Book yourself in for a complimentary 20-minute meet and greet to discuss your health concerns and goals, and what options might be available to you.
We are so excited to be running our diaper drive again in support of Toronto's Diaper Bank. Last year's drive was such a success and we are so grateful for all the mamas that donated and helped us to give back and support others in our community.
We hope you join us in donating again this year. Together we can provide some relief to a mama in need.
How Can I Donate?
From now until Thursday, December 20th 2018, Yoga Mamas is accepting any loose, opened and new packages of diapers. Those looking to donate can simply drop them off at the front desk in our studio.
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