Brittany Byma

Brittany Byma, LMT/CPT/Wellness Coach

Putting your health and wellbeing on your “to do” list doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. You can boost personal wellness by consistently doing simple things. Here are some quick and easy wellness tips to use during the holiday season.

1. Calm your mind and body by taking a few deep, centering breaths throughout the day.

2. Have realistic expectations for yourself and for others.

3. Don’t beat up on yourself if you eat something that isn’t very healthy. Forgive yourself, say good-bye to guilt, move forward and commit to make a better choice next time you eat that day (not just “in the future” but TODAY)

4. Simplify things. The sun will come up tomorrow if you make one less dish, buy fewer presents, spend less money on which presents, or use a mix instead of making something from scratch.

5. Prioritize getting enough sleep. Being well rested is a necessity not a luxury, especially during stressful times. It will help you feel more energetic and help your immune system stay strong.

6. Create new, self-supportive traditions. For example, if you don’t feel like cooking or hosting a big dinner, make reservations at your favorite restaurant instead.

7. Be prepared: If you know there is a strong possibility that you will have to interact with someone who is a bit challenging for you to deal with, have a strategy for maintaining healthy interactions, or for keeping a health distance.

8. Decide what this season means for you. If you start to feel stressed, focus on what’s important.

9. Keep easy, healthy stress management tools nearby. Some ideas:

• A journal so you can write about your thoughts and goals.

• Your favorite music so you can dance or sing to work off tension.

• Something funny. Like a friend you can text memes to all day. Laughter really is great medicine.

10. Take a run, jog, or walk whenever you can and make a point out of it to become a part of your day, just like brushing your teeth!

Brittany Byma is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Wellness Coach. Brittany can be reached at 509-830-7326 or visit lvmandwellness.com

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