Headaches, anxiety and even depression can develop during the holidays for a variety of reasons, including holiday preparations, busy schedules, travel and stress. Taking time to care for yourself this holiday season will help you be more healthy and positive so you can enjoy time spent with your family and loved ones.

Here are a few tips on how to take care of yourself during the holidays this year:

1.)    Set aside time each day just for you. Take a hot bath, sip a cup of tea, read a few chapters of a good book, take a 20-minute nap or 475917291meditate. Just slow down and take some time to focus on you.

2.)    Make your health a priority. Make time to exercise every day. Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and a great antidote to depression. Also, make sure you focus on good posture. Sitting with good posture during your holiday travels will ensure you arrive at your destination feeling great instead of hunched over in excruciating pain.

3.)    Meditate. Take at least 15 minutes a day to practice mindfulness. Studies have shown that meditation can be a great stress-reliever. It also helps prevent you from dwelling on negative thoughts, gives you a mental break and a way to gain perspective and contentment.

5201145974.)    Stick with a schedule. It is important to keep some routine in your life during the holidays. A lot of us put holiday bustle ahead of our usual exercise, sleep and diet schedules. But sleeping well and eating well will help your mind and body be prepared for and combat the stresses of the season.

5.)    Allow plenty of time for travel and for getting tasks done. Always allow yourself plenty of time to get wherever you are going (if you are traveling). This will help you minimize stress-induced headaches and anxiety. Similarly, allow plenty of time to send out holiday cards or shop for gifts instead of scrambling last minute. Creating a budget will help you keep from over-spending and having to deal with post-holiday debt.

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