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Mental Health Check

Nurturing Your Well-Being Amidst the Festivities

The holiday season often brings joy and celebration, however, a lot of stress can also surround you, so it's essential to prioritize your health during this bustling time. This checklist covers key aspects of well-being, from mental health to hormonal balance, to help you navigate the holidays with mindfulness and self-care. Taking the time to prioritize your wellness and mental health can really help you enjoy the season!

1. Relax

  • Take breaks when needed to recharge.

  • Practice mindfulness or meditation to manage stress.

  • Set realistic expectations and boundaries to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

2. Maintain Hormonal Order

  • Consider a hormone imbalance checklist:

  • Evaluate energy levels, mood swings, and sleep patterns.

  • Note any irregularities in menstrual cycles (for women).

  • Assess symptoms like fatigue, irritability, or weight changes.

  • Consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you suspect hormonal imbalance symptoms.

3. Eat a Balanced Diet

  • Enjoy holiday treats in moderation.

  • Prioritize fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins for nutritional balance.

  • Stay hydrated to support overall health.

4. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

  • If you're on BHRT, adhere to your prescribed regimen.

  • Monitor and communicate any changes in symptoms to your healthcare provider.

  • Ensure you have an adequate supply of medications during the holiday period.

5. Prioritize Thyroid Health

  • Reference the thyroid hyper/hypo chart to understand thyroid dysfunction.

  • Be mindful of symptoms like fatigue, weight changes, and temperature sensitivity.

  • Schedule a thyroid function test if you notice any deviations.

6. Stress Management

  • Engage in stress-relief activities like deep breathing or exercise.

  • Set realistic expectations for holiday commitments.

  • Delegate tasks and seek support from friends and family.

7. Mindful Indulgence

  • Enjoy holiday meals but be mindful of portion sizes.

  • Balance indulgent treats with nutritious options.

  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.

8. Physical Activity

  • Incorporate movement into your holiday routine.

  • Take walks, dance, or participate in activities that bring you joy.

9. Restful Sleep

  • Prioritize sufficient sleep for overall well-being.

  • Maintain a consistent sleep schedule, even during the holidays.

10. Wellness Exam Reminder

  • Schedule a wellness exam with your medical provider.

  • Discuss any concerns or changes in your health.

  • Ensure that all routine screenings and vaccinations are up to date.

By following this holiday health checklist, you can strike a balance between festive celebrations and well-being. Remember, your health is the greatest gift you can give yourself. Wishing you a joyful and healthful holiday season!

-My Wellness by Nature


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