The holidays are a time to enjoy your loved ones and celebrate the closing of the current year. Even though it’s festive and spirited, it can also be quite busy and hectic. We run around trying to juggle a million things at once in an attempt to make sure that everyone else has a great time.
Taking care of other people’s needs and ensuring that they’re okay is thoughtful and selfless. However, when you stop focusing on your own wellbeing and health, you open the door to stress and fatigue. Trust me, running yourself into the ground will only result in you heading into the new year feeling deflated and overwhelmed. Take some time to make sure you have all the tools you need to help you get through the holidays and move forward feeling your best.
Here are a few tips to practicing self-care during the holidays
Going into the holidays, the last thing that you want to be is worried about loose ends. Make sure that you are planning ahead. The holidays can get busy. Don’t get so caught up that you neglect your regular obligations.
– Take care of bills that need to be paid, early in the month
– Don’t forget to schedule doctor/dental appointments to make use of your annual benefits
– Thoroughly clean your home days before you host guests so that you don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself at the last minute
– Shop for holiday foods early in morning or late in the evening, to avoid crowds and heavy traffic
Although admin tasks probably aren’t on the top of your list right now, you’ll eliminate a lot of stress by being proactive about handling your regular responsibilities.
You may be traveling to visit relatives, hosting guests in your home, or doing your best to give your kids a Christmas to remember… all of which are high-stress situations. It’s easy to get so busy that you forget the most important component – you.
Make sure that you take time to care for yourself despite everything that’s going on.
If you’re planning on traveling to see loved ones this holiday season don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for your trip. Have a travel checklist available to ensure that you don’t forget anything. You don’t want to get stuck in the middle of nowhere without your car charger, your skincare essentials, or your makeup bag.
Tip: be sure to download your favorite playlists and your navigation routes – just in case you lose your signal.
Taking a road trip? Make sure that you have up-to-date insurance, a full tank of gas, and plenty of snacks for the journey. Accidents are more likely at this time of year, so be sure to have the number of your roadside assistance provider and reputable car wreck lawyer saved in your phone (just in case).
Relax, Recharge, and take care of you!
Give yourself permission to enjoy the holidays.
Don’t get so busy with preparing for the holidays that you neglect to enjoy them. The brief amount of time between Thanksgiving and the New Year can rush by quickly. Allow yourself to be present in the moment. Create memories and be a part of the festivities – don’t just plan them.
If you find yourself getting bogged down with the details, schedule yourself time at the spa or invite a friend to lunch at your favorite spot. Run a bath or read that book that’s been on our nightstand all year. No matter how small the gesture, just know that it’s okay to take a time-out from planning, shopping, and end of the year responsibilities.
Wake up with a clear head
If you’re waking up anxious about your day, it may be time to start being more intentional with your morning routine. No matter what your schedule looks like, there are moments to steal away for yourself. Don’t view self-care as an indulgence… start to see it as a necessity.
Morning Tip: Try putting your phone on do-not-disturb and drinking your morning coffee or tea while listening to music that puts you in a good mood.
Surround Yourself with Your Tribe
During this time of the year, it’s easy to get caught-up with dressing up, corporate events, gift exchanges… etc. All of those things take work. What you may really need is a girls nights in.
Host a secret Santa gift exchange potluck dinner with friends. You get to enjoy festive food, good drinks, and good company – all in the comfort of your own home. Really need to relax? Make it a pajama party!
The idea of fitting one more thing in during this busy time may make you cringe. But self-care is a manifestation of self-love. Self-care isn’t selfish nor does it mean that you neglect others. Self-care is an act of love. You loving you.
Everyone benefits when you take care of yourself – you and your loved ones.
Feeling calm and level-headed makes it easier for you to accomplish all of the wonderful plans that you have for everyone else. Self-care doesn’t have to be stressful or expensive. Simple things can help to boost your personal well-being.
Here are 4 easy tips to incorporate daily to make sure that you’re practicing self-care:
Breathe: throughout the day remember to take deep, centering breaths to help relax your body and mind
Maintain Perspective: Recognizing what’s important can help you overcome overwhelming feelings. Remember that this time is about family and gratitude, everything else is a byproduct
Give from overflow: You can’t give from a place of depletion. Make a point to do something nourishing and uplifting for yourself every day
Pay attention to your body: Don’t ignore your body’s signals. If you’re tired, get more sleep. If you’re hungry, stop and grab something to eat. When you’re feeling anxious, take a moment to calm and center yourself.