Holiday Self-Care Guide
As much as I love the holiday season and getting to spend some time with family, constantly having events and things on the to-do list that need to get done can start feeling a bit overwhelming. Self-care is essential at any time of year and goes beyond the physical aspects and into taking care of yourself mentally. Here are a few things that I like to do/remind myself of during this time of year.
It’s okay to say no.
Between work, family, and friends, there will be plenty to do during this time of year. It’s okay to say no to some events, especially if you know it won’t make you feel the best. If it is too hard to say no outright, perhaps make plans in January. That way you’ll have something to look forward to in a less busy time of year. Don’t feel sorry for taking care of yourself!
Check-in with yourself.
When out and about, take some time to check-in with yourself. See how the situation you are in is making you feel. If you are enjoying yourself and having a good time, you’ll want to stay a bit longer. On the opposite side of that, if you are feeling uncomfortable and ready to leave, don’t feel bad for heading out earlier! You need to take care of yourself and if a situation is filled with negative energy and making you feel bad about yourself, get out.
With so much going on, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Journaling can help get your thoughts and feelings out of your head and onto paper. Seeing things from a different perspective could help clear up certain things and help you determine a solution to a problem you are facing. Plus, when you aren’t obsessing over stuff in your head, you’ll be able to sleep a bit better (hopefully).
Make sure to spend some time doing what you want.
The holidays are filled with familial obligations, but make sure you carve some time out to do what you want to do. Whether that is having an entire day dedicated to watching Christmas movies in your pajamas or taking an afternoon to walk around the park, making time for yourself is crucial for self-care. You’ll give yourself the jolt of energy and relaxation to conquer the rest of your holiday plans.
Create/follow a relaxing night time routine.
In between holiday parties, shopping, and finalizing work for the year, unwind at the end of the night with a relaxing routine. Do whatever activities relax you the most, for me, it is making a cup of tea, reading a good book, and listening to a Calm sleep story.
Book some time to do absolutely nothing.
Sometimes, you need to have a blank day on your calendar. Leave it open for whatever you’d like to do in the moment.
I hope these tips help you. Let me know in the comments below what you do to unwind and practice self-care during the holiday season.