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It can be challenging to cultivate work-life balance during the holidays. During this season, most people are reflecting on what it means to be grateful – for family, for friends, for work and for their health. So who really wants to work?

Probably not many of us, but we still need to get the job done despite all of the distractions. We often spend our days doing, doing, doing. Then the holiday season comes and we DO even more. We never stop to pause, self-nurture, and appreciate all we give and all we have to offer.

As we approach the end of the year, take time to reflect on all of the good things in our lives; and don’t forget to spend some time appreciating yourself and all you have accomplished this year.

Here are 7 easy ways to show gratitude for others, but more importantly for yourself and all you are.

1. Make a Vision Board

If you can’t imagine your dreams coming true, how will they ever materialize in the world? Create a vision board using magazine clippings, newspapers, or a secret board using Pinterest and Canva. Use colors, shapes, and images that represent your ideal life, and then watch as those things miraculously start to appear wherever you look. Click here for help creating a digital vision board.

2. Fire your friends (if needed)

One of the most powerful ways to appreciate yourself is to fire your toxic friends.

Your time, energy, and talents are precious – don’t waste them on negative people or energy-suckers. Set boundaries in your relationships this season, and learn to put yourself first. If a friend or family member is detracting instead of adding to your personal health, be brave enough to step away.

3. Get Honest About Work

Is your work environment healthy or toxic? Does is add or retract from your physical and spiritual well-being?

This season, take a good, hard look at how your work environment and work relationships impact your happiness. If you don’t like what you see, be open to the possibility of change in the New Year.

4. Take That Painting Class

Ok, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a painting class (although the painting and wine classes are fun).

If you have a long lost interest or passion, search for classes or opportunities in your area. You’ll be able to connect with those who have similar interests and may even find yourself surrounded by the warmth of a new community – just in time for the holidays.

5. Engage in Self-Care

Don’t feel guilty about splurging a bit this season. Get that massage, book that manicure, and indulge your senses even more than usual. You might want to book a massage every month from now until the end of the year, or try out a new treatment like acupuncture.

Try Reflexology because it works on specific triggers in the body and clears away negative energy. Find a treatment that makes you feel special – even pampered! – and reward yourself!

6. Choose Conscious Nutrition

Another great way to engage in self-care is to get conscious about the foods you’re eating. No, we’re not talking about going on a diet or skipping your favorite holiday foods. Start noticing what foods you’re choosing instead of simply grabbing and going without a second thought. Your conscious attention will lead you to foods that nourish and nurture, instead of foods that leave you feeling tired, cranky, and unsatisfied.

7. Create a Serene Environment

Cultivating a serene, supportive environment is a wonderful way to give thanks for you.

* Light candles or incense throughout your home
* Use essential oils to create balance
* Purchase a piece of art that you love

All of these environmental tools will help you create a space in which to be healthy.

You spend the entire year doing for others, but now it’s time to turn that attention inward. This season, we invite you to go all out. So get the massage, go to Whole Foods, book a day trip, or take that painting class. There’s no better way to express self-gratitude than by nurturing thy self!

Do you want more specific help on how to show more appreciation for yourself? If the answer is yes, please contact Fran at Franb@afmsco.com or call 866.659.3400 for more information.