Self Care for the Holidays: My POWER System for Taking Care of Your Daily Needs

As we approach this busy holiday season, the best question you can ask yourself is…

What do I need to do to take care of myself right now?

That may seem contrary in this season of giving, but trust me, the better you care for yourself, the better you care for others.

And the corollary, the better you rest, the better you work.

So today I’d like to share my POWER System for ensuring that your basic physical and mental health needs are met, every day.

Protein, Oxygen, Water, Exercise, Rest

Protein – Plan each day to have regular meals and snacks, eating some protein at each one. This will keep you in balance and help you stay ahead of your hunger. You will find yourself better able to choose what to eat and when.

Oxygen – I think of this as take a deep breath, take a moment to relax, even a small break in the afternoon resets your hormones and leaves you ready for the afternoon’s activities.

Water – Drinking lots of water throughout the day works wonders. So often when we feel hungry, we are really thirsty and a cool glass of water satisfies. Or try a warm cup of tea on a cold afternoon. Some of the flavored teas feel like a snack and you need to take a break to drink them, so it’s a double pleasure.

Exercise – There’s been lots said recently about the importance of non sedentary behavior. It turns out that moving throughout the day can be just as powerful and important as including a regular walk or exercise routine. NEAT (Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) is the calories burned during our regular daily activities and that can add up to several hundred calories, just by standing and moving around during the day.

Rest – Need I say more? Sleeping 7 or more hours a night favors weight loss and certainly better attitude and more fun. Don’t skimp on sleep – you and your family will be grateful. The better you rest, the better you work. Now there’s a message I can get behind.

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