The holidays can be both exciting and stressful. In order to make it through the season in one piece, it's important to make some time for your own health. Because here's the deal—if you don't care of yourself, you can't take care of anyone else. Even though it may seem like a good idea to get everything else done before you worry about yourself, the truth is that you should be your own top priority.

We're not doctors, so definitely check with a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your health habits and routine. But from our experience, the following tips have helped us to maintain a healthier sense of self -- something we could all use during a hectic holiday season.

Actually, let's start with the logical first step -- which you can't do solely on your own.

Visit the doctor

You know that doctor appointment you've been putting off all year? Now is the time to make it happen. Whether it's a visit for your annual wellness exam (or wellness scan) or for a persistent pain you haven't been able to fix, one of the best ways to take care of yourself this season is to sit down, call your doctor and book the appointment.

This is also a good time to think about any specialists you may need to see—dermatologist, registered dieticians, gastroenterologists and more. Your future self will thank you (especially since they're all eligible).

Self-control

When it comes to health, self-control is often touted as the ultimate solution, especially during the holidays when cookies and other desserts are abundant. But according to research, restricting sugary foods may actually lead to weight gain. Part of the reason is that when certain foods are forbidden or off-limits, they can actually seem more enticing. Because of that, it might be a good idea to resist labeling foods as "good" or "bad."

Instead of utilizing your self-control to restrict food, try harnessing the power of self-control to focus on your holistic health.

Self-care

Self-care in the form of long baths and glasses of wine is often touted as the ultimate health solution, but the truth is that self-care is about more than temporary pleasure. Even though it's important to make time for yourself and the things you enjoy, it's also important to make sure that you're doing the things that will make sure the holiday travel, heavy lifting and constant activity doesn't affect your health.

Self-care can get a little tricky. This holiday season, the best way to show yourself love is to buy items that will help you to physically and mentally feel better. Plus, they're all HSA-eligible.

It's tempting to ignore lingering pain or persistent aches—especially when you're tired, overworked and stressed—but that's why it's an act of self-love to actually take care of them, and yourself.

  • Acupressure mat

Acupressure mats are a way to use acupuncture at home and without needles. If you've been struggling with exhaustion or stress, it might be a great at home remedy. The best part is that acupressure mats help your body heal itself.

  • Motion sickness wristband

If you suffer from motion sickness and are traveling during the holidays, it might be a good idea to try a motion sickness wristband. The wristband uses acupressure on your wrist to help with motion sickness.

  • Heated neck rest

Heated neck rests are the perfect solution for headaches, stress and muscle tension, all of which seem to abound during the holiday season. Next time you're feeling overwhelmed or feel a headache coming, give yourself a few minutes to relax with a heated neck rest.

Bottom line

The holidays might be stressful, but that doesn't mean that your well-being needs to suffer. Instead, make time to take care of yourself. Again, we're not doctors and can't give you proper medical advice (see our first tip) but after getting that checkup, see if these easy tips can help you have a better, healthier holiday season.

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