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The post-holiday aftermath always seems to leave me feeling a little off. Once all of the season’s waiting, planning, and anticipation have concluded, it isn’t uncommon for me to feel a little off-balance. It’s like, what’s next?! Where do we go from here? Thankfully, however, I’ve pretty much learned how to deal, and can kiss the post-holiday blues goodbye in less than 24 hours. These are my ultimate, anytime strategies for killing anxiety and cultivating balance.

1. Work out daily. If you aren’t already doing this, you totally should be! Even if you can only squeeze in a quick 10-minute YouTube workout video, make a little time for exercise. The endorphins will make you happy, your mood will be stabilized, and your anxiety will be quelled. It’s one of the healthiest, most beneficial practices you can develop. Make it a routine and reap the benefits!

2. Set a consistent bedtime, or at the very least, a consistent WAKE time. I get it–going to bed at exactly the same time every day can be challenging and annoying. If you can swing it, try to get to bed–at least within an hour– at the same time most nights. More importantly, however, develop a consistent wake-up time! Yes, even on the weekends. Sleeping in to catch up on missed weekday ZZZs is great and all, but developing a consistent sleep schedule will set your internal clock, balance your hormones, and help you to get better, easier sleep all of the time. See ya never, insomnia.

3. Disconnect as much as possible. Don’t watch the news. Don’t get on Twitter. Don’t scroll through Facebook. Seriously, if you’re feeling stressed out, or like you’re missing out, just don’t. Especially if this is the way you typically start your morning. Talk about overwhelming! Give yourself an hour of uninterrupted “me” time before logging on.

4. Cut WAY back on caffeine, sugar, and alcohol. Eliminating these {admittedly fun} indulgences completely from life may be a bit of a stretch, so try to cut way back. At first it won’t be fun. Honestly, it will probably kind of suck. But making these cuts will clean up your diet in a major way and have you looking and feeling better than ever.

5. Take a breath. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself is to steal a quiet moment to breathe. Whether you choose to take time to meditate or to do some simple calming breaths, taking a beat and a breath will soothe you and drastically improve your mood. Rejuvenate!

You’ve got this.

xx,

Liza

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