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The holidays are officially here, bringing joy and good cheer. While this wonderful time of year comes with so much fun and merriment, it can also drive many of us to feel overwhelmed. 

This might be the first holiday season you’re spending in-person with your family, or maybe you’re hosting and anxiously planning for all the shopping, decorating, and cooking. Perhaps you’re traveling and getting a bit nervous about the holiday traffic and crowded airports. 

While our to-do lists tend to run long this time of year, be sure to put self-care at the very top this holiday season and remind yourself to breathe. The more joyful and relaxed you are, the happier everyone around you will be too. 

Here are some easy ways to squeeze in self-care, so you can enjoy more and stress less: 

Wake up early and do some “Gratitude Yoga.” We love this 35-minute gratitude-focused routine from Yoga with Adriene.

Give thanks for your body with a healthy (and seasonal) smoothie. This one from Ambitious Kitchen is a personal favorite! You’ll fill up on nutrients and get a boost of energy, so you can handle whatever the day brings.

Check-in with yourself. Are you feeling anxious about seeing your nagging relative, or are you stressed over what you’ll bring to a gathering? Take time to declutter your brain and write down what’s on your mind and any ways you can address the challenges.

Just Breathe. Take a few minutes each day to do some deep, slow breathing. Especially if you notice your heart start to race. If you have more time, consider doing a 15-minute gratitude-focused meditation to relax you even more. 

This time of year can be a lot. Be sure to be extra good to yourself this holiday season!

With love,
Emily and the EveryDay Happy Team

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