As we approach the holidays, you can stay healthier with these quick tips that take no longer than 15 minutes.

Whew. It's been a year, and we're not quite through yet. We've been juggling more changes and procedures than we've navigated in the last five years combined. And now we're headed into the holidays ... one of the most wonderful seasons of the year. And one of the most stressful, too.

Just like when you're riding on an airplane and prompted to first put on your oxygen mask before helping someone else, take the time to care for you as you're continuing to care for others. And feel free to try something for 15 minutes ... every day.

Call a Friend

Reach out to stay connected. Share the highs and lows of your day and invite the one on the other end of the receiver into community. Ask how he or she is doing. Find ways to laugh ... and laugh hard.

Drink a Glass of Water

We've all heard the benefits of water. Set down your coffee mug and enjoy a glass of water to improve memory, better your mood, aid in digestion, and reduce headaches. This is kind of a bonus. It doesn't take a full 15 minutes to drink a glass of water. With the leftover time, feel free to do whatever brings you joy. 

Make a List

Do you know what's funny about the clutter in your brain? It's often the negative stresses of life that are taking up unnecessary space. I haven't met anyone with too much brainpower spent on what makes him or her happy. So, grab a notepad (or use the Notes in your phone) and set a timer for 15 minutes. List as many things that you're thankful for in the 15 minutes. It's almost a guarantee ... your stress level will go down.

Read a Book

Well, not a whole book, of course. (Unless you're a prodigy. Then, I'm sure there's a whole other article just for you.) But take a break and set a timer for 15 minutes. Sit down in your favorite chair and indulge in a great story.

Take a Walk

I didn't say, "Taka a hike..." Just take a short walk around the neighborhood or on a nearby trail. As you process your day and things weighing down your mind, let your mind also wander toward things you're thankful for. A breath of fresh air is also a way to clear your mind from the clutter. 

What self-care did you practice today? Share in the comments below.