It’s a little hard to believe, but the year is drawing quickly to a close. We are firmly planted in the holiday season, and unfortunately, self-care often takes a back seat while we focus our attention on those that we love.


This is as good a time as any to remind you… you must take care of yourself first! We can only do our best caring for others when we are at our best.

If you have extended health care benefits available to you, that you have yet to max out, take advantage of that benefit and book some appointments for self-care. Below are my top 3 reasons you should use your benefits this holiday season:

  1. You are the most important person in your life.
    Taking care of you is paramount. During the holidays we can often let our own health slip by the wayside as we get busy eating treats, drinking a little more than we should, and worrying over family dynamics or the details of the holidays. Take some time out to refocus on yourself.
  2. Your employer wants you to use your benefits and stay healthy!
    The cost of absenteeism is astronomical for employers and the economy as a whole. Your employer has provided you with these extended benefits in an attempt to help keep you healthy and well: a win-win situation for sure! You don’t want to leave resources on the table that can help you build and maintain your wellness.
  3. The holidays are stressful!
    We often think of stress in the negative. But exciting, positive life events come with their own stresses as well – think of weddings, birthdays, or graduations. The holidays are no different. During the holiday season we can be pulled in many directions, and struggle to maintain balance. It’s a great time of year to schedule some extra time for you. Whether it’s a Naturopathic Consult to address a nagging health concern or new diagnosis, a relaxing massage to take away the stresses of the week, or a session with a mental health counsellor to talk though the stresses of the season – make time for the self-care you need.

December will be gone before we know it. So, take the time to use your remaining extended health care benefits before the year is though.

Here’s wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

Veronica Qubrossi

Veronica is a Holistic Nutritionist and Managing Director at Healthoholics, where she directs clinic operations, leads educational initiatives including our Holistic Weight Loss program, and manages our marketing efforts.