Happy Winter Solstice: 5 Tips for Healthy Habit Building for 2018

As a busy mom, it's not always easy to put yourself first. Add to the mix beginning a new business and the fact that I love going outdoors to get sunshine on my skin and wind in my hair. However, Calgary is a bit cold for getting out for any length of time at least half the year. It can be easy to find excuses to let self-care practices fall by the wayside.

In an effort to welcome more light into our lives as the days also begin to lighten here are five easy tips to take a time out and take care of ourselves. Taking care of ourselves means we can better take care of those that depend on us without becoming worn down.

1. Get Outside

Enjoy some fresh air of some sort, even if it's just a walk to the mailbox. I usually look for excuses such as running errands to the grocery store, walking to the bank machine or picking up a few specialty ingredients at the local Italian market for our pizza night. I try to think of errands as a fun reason to wrap one of my babies in a cushy wrap, spend some one on one time together and get a few things done. I flip the script from thinking of it as yet another chore to thinking of it as more of an opportunity. Sometimes, after a particularly tough day, I'll wait for my husband to come home and then I'll make a run to the health food store and pick up a little something nice for myself at the same time.

2. Build Small Healthy Habits Around other Parts of your Day

Create a habit or habits that aid your body in detoxification or promote health, and/or relaxation that you look forward to each day and that you can do at home. If you do it at around the same time each day or place it in your day in proximity to a meal (because generally, meals are the ultimate daily habit that occur at approximately the same time each day) it won't be long before it becomes something that you just do. Here are some of my ideas:

  • juicing (aim for veggies instead of fruits to avoid blood sugar imbalances)