Make Apples Part of your Self-Care this Holiday Season

by Lynell Cavner, Owner & Master Certified Bowen Practitioner, Lynell & Company

The Christmas rush is upon us. Take a breath…it will be OK.

To help this season pass joyously and as stress free as possible, let’s do some self-care along the way to help remain calm throughout the holidays.

It is important to maintain a balanced nervous system, since all body systems would be immobilized without it. In fact, our autonomic nervous system controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors (i.e., the holidays).

Sustaining your body’s ability to maintain healthy nerve pathways helps the body keep its corrective healing practices rather than compensations. When those pathways have made their corrections within the body (with a little guidance from practitioners who know the nervous system), it brings forth a “smooth/well oiled” feeling.

Adding to that feeling, would be feeling joyful and happy, which comes from within our enteric nervous system — otherwise known as our “second brain” — which controls our digestive system. Fifty percent of the body’s dopamine is developed here. This is your “joy hormone.” Ninety percent of the body’s serotonin is also developed here. This is your “happiness hormone.”

Remember the old saying “eat an apple a day to keep the doctor away”? Well, there is something to that!

Pectin is the soluble fiber in an apple that improves digestion and gently cleanses the bowels and may help keep the sugar overload down, which will in turn lower the feelings of anxiety/depression.

Sugar overload often happens during the holidays and may contribute to the slump some of us get into in January when we suddenly run out of fudge. So, add apples to your holiday feast. They make great stocking stuffers, too!

While you are thinking of others during the holidays, making your lists and checking them twice, please remember a little self-care, such as walking, soaking up the morning sunshine, doing some deep relaxation stretches, breathing in deeply and getting some bodywork is just as important.

Keeping our bodies running smooth and well-oiled will shine through to others as it is a reflection to all who you encounter. Self-care is one of the best gifts you can give yourself to bring about joy and happiness to your hustle and bustle of the holiday season.