Simple Things to Do for Youself This Holiday Season
In the season of giving, we often forget to take care of ourselves. Here are some simple ways you can practice self-care this holiday season.
I don’t know about you, but when December rolls around, my daily routine goes right out the window. I get so caught up in the shopping, wrapping, decorating, and holiday parties, my self-care becomes non-existent. Which really sucks because of this stressful, busy time of the year, is the one month I would benefit from self-care the most.
Simple Things to Do for Yourself this Holiday Season
Have you heard the saying “You can’t pour from an empty cup“? You can not take care of others unless you take care of yourself first. There is a reason airlines tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself first. You have to take care of yourself before you can give to others. So let’s talk about ways to take care of yourself this holiday season.
Your Morning Routine
Find or create a morning routine that helps you start your day on a positive note. Take a few minutes to enjoy your coffee in the quiet of the early morning before the demands of the day start crashing in. This time of year I drink my morning coffee by the light of the Christmas tree while scrolling Timehop and Instagram.
By my second cup of coffee, I am checking emails and writing that day’s schedule. But I have had that quiet time with my first cup of coffee to just be without demands or requirements. Whatever you have to do first thing in the morning to start your day centered.
Plan your Day
Nothing reduces stress and makes you feel confident and accomplished quite like planning your day. I can accomplish so much on the days I have a To Do List. There is just something very motivating about crossing things off your list as you accomplish them.
Planning your day allows for you to determine your priorities every day. Once you have determined your priorities for the day, you can focus on getting those done. Having a to-do list with clearly defined priorities reduces a great deal of stress.
Self-Care Through Exercise
I can not believe I put this on any kind of list. This is my least favorite, and also my most effective stress reliever. Nothing can clear my head and reboot my moods like taking a walk or going to the gym and doing 45 minutes on the treadmill.
There is just something about leaving all the holiday stress at home and going for a walk. I can let my mind wander and the expended energy helps refocus my energies and thoughts.
Let Go of the Guilt
I have no idea why it is we always think we have to say YES to every invitation we get during the holiday season. You are under zero obligation to go to parties or gatherings you have no desire or time or energy to attend.
I used to say yes to every invitation we got, and then I would spend the day of telling Sam how much I didn’t want to go, how I was too busy, or I was just too tired to go. Last year, I let go of the guilt. If we didn’t have the time or the energy to go, we politely declined. Guess what. NOBODY made us feel bad about not being able to attend.
Give Yourself Permission
My all-time favorite internet quotes is “It is not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself and to make your happiness a priority. It is a necessity”. Seriously, love this
For the longest time, I used to feel guilty for taking care of myself. I felt bad for turning down invitations. But the ironic thing was, I always felt worse after going to something I was too tired, or too busy to attend.Simple Things to Do for Yourself this Holiday Season. Taking care of yourself during the holiday season is important. Click To Tweet
Give yourself permission to take care of yourself. It is perfectly ok to take a night off and watch cheesy Hallmark movies in your pajamas. You don’t have to attend every holiday party or gathering you are invited to. It’s ok to take a nap in the middle of the afternoon.
How do you practice self-care during the holiday season?
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