The Christmas holidays are a hectic time of the year. We can get wrapped up in the merriment and festivities that we often forget to take care of ourselves.
To ensure you don’t burn out this Christmas, we reached out to the lovely Anna Geary who is working with Zenflore on a campaign which is focused on helping to manage stress during busy times.
Anna said that self-care is the one gift you need to give yourself this Christmas. She understands the pressures young women are under, especially when we’re exposed to Instagram every day.
Anna stressed that one thing you must do is not to compare yourself to others. Seeing the girl you went to school with is on the trip of a lifetime in New York when you’re sat at home in your pyjamas can knock you back, but Anna reminded us that comparison is the thief of joy.
She said: “Your chapter One is someone else’s chapter 20. Remember that, so just focus on you.”
“We often look at social media and see perfection everywhere and we can compare ourselves to that false reality. Stay in your own lane.”
“Don’t worry about others, they are on a journey you know nothing about, with their own obstacles and challenges. Don’t assume and don’t judge. It wastes precious energy,” Anna shared.
Another thing that helps the GAA player feel mentally and physically better is to simply be kind to herself.
Self-care isn’t just about facemasks and Gossip Girl marathons. You need to take care of your body and mind and nourish it, especially during these dark, colder months.
“Sometimes you need to take a ‘time out’ unexpectedly. Cancel that gym session or brunch date and just take time for you. It’s not selfish. We all need to push the reset button every now and again. Don’t feel guilty about doing that. It happens to everyone.”
It’s an indulgent time of the year but don’t forget to give your body some TLC amongst the turkey sandwiches and Roses.
Anna recommends taking a food supplement each day, like Zenflore, as it will help provide support for your mind and body during this demanding time of the year.
Don’t be ashamed to take a step back and have some time to yourself this Christmas. It can be a joyous but draining time for many so remember to take care of yourself, it’s the best gift you could receive.