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“I often think of the quote from the Roman philosopher, Cicero: ‘If we use nature as our guide, we will never lose our way,'” says Geeting. “Just as we experience seasons each year, our life has seasons. Remembering that intense stress will often come and go like the seasons, can offer some hope.”
Here, five sustainable self-care tips that will serve you through the holidays and beyond.
5 Self-Care Tips to Help You Through the Holiday Season
1. Take Deep Breaths
2. Talk It Out
Though you may consider the season’s increase in conversation—with family, friends, and more—to be a contributor to your unease, when it comes to your feelings, the opposite can be true.
“Acknowledging and naming these emotions can bring some relief,” says Geeting, who recommends naming your feelings to a trusted friend or professionals they arise to help address anxiety. “Understanding what may be the underlying cause of the anxiety will be key to addressing it well long term.”
3. Get Outside
You and all of your feelings are natural—and if you need a reminder of this, time outside can help.
“Using nature for self-care can be very powerful,” says Geeting. “Being in nature calms our nervous system, increases feelings of connection to the world around us, and reduces feelings of anxiety and stress.”
If you need an excuse for your outdoor escape, just take the dog.