The Roundup! The Holidays and Self-Care

The holidays tend to be a busy time of year so we’ve collected a stocking full of articles to help you learn how to take care of yourself, say no when needed, and be grateful for what you have. To add laughter and holiday cheer to the stress of the season, we’ve thrown in some funny pictures of what people really look like when practicing yoga, a video of our obsession with yoga pants, and an update on the meditation retreat that the Beatles went to. Here is our recommended reading list for the weekend:

5 Research-Based Ways to Say No During the Holidays – We tend to all run around in one way or another during the holiday season, saying “yes” when we mean “no” and overexerting ourselves. Here are some tips for setting boundaries.

Coming out of the Spiritual Closet – Think you’re enlightened? Spend time with your family. A woman shares her story of pursuing a career in fashion while practicing reiki on the side. Is this the holiday season to tell your family about your spirituality?

8 Yogic Lessons Hanukkah Teaches Us  – Always search for the light in the darkest of times. Miracles happen. And many more.

How to Stop Envying Other People’s Seemingly Perfect Lives – Going home for the holidays can bring up feelings of past resentment or bitterness. Practice gratitude for the life you have.

Your DIY Guide to Surviving the Holidays – Learn some no-stress beauty hacks to take care of yourself during this busy time.

‘Faces Of Yoga’ Photo Series Reminds Us Nobody Looks Pretty Doing Downward-Facing Dog – “This series is a reminder that we all look horrible when we do yoga, so we should immerse ourselves in it and forget the rest,” said Jonah Sargent, the photographer behind the ‘Faces of Yoga’ project. He launched a kickstarter to raise funds to turn ‘Faces of Yoga’ into a coffee table book.

Video Parodies Our Obsession With Wearing Yoga Pants EVERYWHERE – Did you ask for more yoga pants for Christmas? Will you wear them everywhere but yoga class? Watch this funny video to see all the places and more we wear yoga pants.

Beatles’ Indian retreat opened to public – In the late 60’s the Beatles spent time at a retreat in India, meditating and writing songs for the iconic White Album. After being abandoned for years, the retreat is once again open to the public.