Carving Out Me-Time | Self-Care Tips For The Holidays


With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

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With the holidays just around the corner, it’s important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I’m sharing ways I carve out me-time and self-care tips for the holidays. 

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

Carving Out Me-Time | Self-Care Tips For The Holidays

What does me-time really mean? Well, that’s a loaded question, but also a subjective one because we all have different needs and concerns when it comes to kicking our feet up and decompressing. Studies have shown how taking time out for ourselves is one of the easiest and most effective ways to subtract stress and anxiety from our daily lives. But how do you decompress?

Well, there are as many answers to that question as they’re people seeking an answer. As far as I am concerned me-time involves taking time out specifically for me and those stolen or planned moments vary from day-to-day. Mostly my downtime depends on when I can fit it in, and for how long. But regardless of the span of time, I always try to make the most of those moments.

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

I teamed up with my friends at Oregon Chai® to outline the many ways I take advantage of those carved out moments. With the holidays just around the corner, the pressure is on me to pull out all the stops and bring my A game to the kitchen, as well as host holiday dinners. I find, when I carve out some me-time before all the festivities start poppin’ off, I can get more done, let my creative juices flow, and deliver a feast for a king. 

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

Here are a few ways I carve out me-time before the holidays:

  • Working out helps keep me healthy which translates into keeping my body ready to take on the many tasks I need it to do.
  • Taking walks through a nearby public park offers a nice distraction from computer screens and four walls that can feel at times like they are closing in on me. Who needs that?
  • Oregon Chai is also one of my not so secret weapons when it comes to me-time. Just me and a hot organic Oregon Chai Tea Latte and suddenly everything is alright in my little world. And when I add a no-bake snack, my food magazines, and relaxing music you can’t tell me nothin’!
  • Writing. Sometimes the creative juices hit me, and I find myself writing short stories and poems. That’s how I won Tat over… I wrote her poems. 
  • Game Night or Movie Night with the family. Sometimes our family can stress us out, but often times, connecting my family and spending quality time with them is the perfect way for me to relax and shrug off the cares of the world. 
  • Pets. Our dogs mean the world to us. We recently brought home a chocolate Labradoodle puppy, which has brought so much joy to our home. He is full of energy and just a happy dog. 
  • Reading. I enjoy jumping into a book and diving in deep. It’s something about letting go of your worries and reading for pleasure. 
  • Sleep. When I know I have to spend all day and night in the kitchen, I try to get as much sleep as possible before the big event.

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

The holidays can be a stressful time. Having a snack and a hot Oregon Chai Tea Latte can help you de-stress, find energy, and take the holidays head on!

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

 

Chai tea lattes are trendy right now among many people, including myself and the wife. I like them because they provide great taste, are gourmet, and offer better-for-you alternatives than drinking coffee. Plus, when you buy Oregon Chai’s Original and Slightly Sweet flavors, you are getting Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified products. 

I like that Oregon Chai is versatile. I can have a cup of chai tea, make a latte, and even drink it spiked. You can find a variety of recipes by going here, plus clip the mPerk offer to save on your next Oregon Chai purchase. 

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

I was able to find my Oregon Chai at Meijer, in the coffee/tea section of the store. (At my store, the Oregon Chai was on the top shelf. However, be sure to scan all of the shelves, since each store may place it in a different location). Meijer carries three of their flavors, The Orginal, Sugar-Free, and Slightly Sweet. 

 

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

Here’s my recipe for the No Bake Mixed Nut + Dark Chocolate Protein Snack

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Whole Oats
  • 1/2 Cup ground Cashew Almond & Pistachio Nuts
  • 1/2 Cup Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Blue Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Roasted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger Bread Spice
  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

Directions:

  1. Into a food processor combine rolled whole oats, ground nut mixture, honey peanut butter, blue agave nectar, ground gingerbread spice, and protein powder. Pulse until just combined, about 7 to 9 times.
  2. Add dark chocolate morsels, sunflower, and hemp seeds. Mix well and form into golf ball size balls. Place on parchment paper and refrigerate for 2- 2 1/2 hours. Serve.

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

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With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

How do you carve out me-time? Drop me a line below and let me know some of your self-care tips during the holidays. 

With the holidays just around the corner, it's important to practice self-care, have me-time and find ways to de-stress before and during the holiday season. I'm sharing ways I carve out me-time before the holidays.

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17 Comments

  1. December 1, 2017
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    Sometimes you need me time, remember, you gotta take care of yourself before you can take care of others.

  2. December 19, 2017
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    I LOVE that! The holidays are a stressful time. With a capital S. A little me time can help keep it in check.

  3. December 19, 2017
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    Sleep and exercise are two ABSOLUTE MUSTS for me during the holidays. I never find holidays to be stressful – perhaps because of my habits, I only just find them fun and future memories!

  4. December 19, 2017
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    I am really craving me time. I am also looking forward to the break off school for the kids so I can sleep in!

  5. Ricci
    December 20, 2017
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    I am all about some self-care time, especially around the holidays! One of my favorite times to relax is in a HOT bath with a good book!!

  6. sara lafountain
    December 20, 2017
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    This is one thing I am not good at! I take zero time for ME! I vow to do better in 2018!

  7. December 20, 2017
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    Working out and trying to eat right is also my way of preparing myself for the holiday. We tend to indulge in eating too much food and slacking off in exercising that it derails our health goals.

  8. December 20, 2017
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    There is nothing more important than taking care of yourself, otherwise you won’t be able to take better care of your family. These are really awesome self care tips!

  9. December 20, 2017
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    I love a chai latte. This one looks delicious. Finding time to unwind and take care of oneself is so important, especially during the holidays.

  10. December 20, 2017
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    Love me some chai latte! Time to yourself is so important. During this time of year it can be tough but you definitely need to find some time!

  11. Marissa Zurfluh
    December 20, 2017
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    Me time for me definitely includes being active. My health takes a nose dive if it’s not a number one focus.

  12. Adrianne Betz
    December 20, 2017
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    Oregon Chai us a newer brand to me still. They’re delicious! I love your ideas for “me time.”

  13. December 20, 2017
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    I have been trying to carve out more me time lately in order to hold onto a little bit of sanity! Those protein snacks look good!

  14. December 20, 2017
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    Chai latte is looks delicious! I’ve never tried it yet but it looks have a similar with a tea that has a coffee, I forgot that brand but I’ll make sure to try this one.

  15. December 20, 2017
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    I can’t wait to get in a little me time this holiday season. I definitely am craving some quiet alone time.

  16. Kate K
    December 20, 2017
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    Me time is very important! I have been going out of my way to carve out some space for myself this year!

  17. December 21, 2017
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    easy to get burned out if you don’t make time for yourself to relax. Enjoyed your me-time tips. Was impressed by your guy’s sweater and pants combo too … looked like something you’d see in GQ. Though my attention was mostly drawn to those pictures of your protein snacks. Will have to make myself some of those!

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