Holidays are usually filled with lots of running around and trying to get everything done on your list. You try your best not to forget anyone while you are shopping or baking, but do you know who you forgot? Yourself.
I know, I know. You might be thinking that it is selfish to think of yourself during the holidays. But, I am here to tell you that it is not selfish at all, especially this time of year. It’s not a bad thing to think of others or do things for others, but you can’t ignore yourself.
Your relationship with yourself is one of the most important relationships you will have in your life. Don’t you want to treat this important relationship with love and care?
Well, I am glad you answered yes (and if you didn’t I hope I can change your mind). Here is a short list of things you can do during the holidays (and year round) to practice self-care.
Make a deal with yourself to not overcommit to In-Person or Virtual Events.
It can be so tempting to agree to all the invites you get. I know it has been a long year without spending quality time with friends or family, but remember to not overextend yourself. When you overcommit, you invite stress, anxiety, and negative emotions into your life. Do your best to strike a balance during the holidays and avoid overcommitting to holiday events.
Treat yourself to your favorite winter goodie.
I love gingerbread cookies, but I save them for a winter treat. Of course I could get them throughout the year, but leaving them for winter makes them more special. I look forward to the warm spiced cookies as the winter gets colder. As I have waited all year, I savor these cookies even more. Maybe your favorite coffee place only serves your favorite drink during the holiday season. Treat yourself to that coffee.
Give yourself a manicure and pedicure at home.
Don’t feel like going to the salon to get your nails done? Do it yourself at home. You can enjoy doing your nails virtually with family and friends to have even more fun. Check out some tutorials for holiday nail designs, maybe even have a design contest! With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, setting aside time for self-care is invaluable. Relax and unwind.
Try a virtual yoga class.
Stress around the holidays is pretty common. I know I can get overwhelmed with my to-do list, so I need things to help me relax and center myself. Yoga is a wonderful way to destress, center yourself, and clear your mind. Virtual yoga is a great alternative if you can’t get to a class or if you are not comfortable going to an in-person class. When you feel your stress levels rise, take a few minutes to give yoga a try.
Organize a small space in your home.
With the holidays, often comes clutter and mess. For some people keeping good organization, especially during the holidays, can be stressful and anxiety producing. Combat the mess and clutter by organizing a small space in your home. It can be the pantry, the bathroom, the front entrance, an office, or even the laundry room. By organizing even one small space, you are improving your mood. Some people find the process of organizing very soothing, so give it a try. If you need an extra boost of inspiration check out The Home Edit on Netflix!
Listen to a funny or inspirational Podcast.
There are so many great podcasts to listen to! While you are cooking or cleaning, listen to an old favorite or new one. A funny or inspirational one will lift your mood and give you a good laugh. Laughter is the best medicine, as they say, and it can be one of the easiest ways to reduce stress. Make sure to get inspired and laugh out loud.
There you have it. A few ideas to help bring you into focus during this holiday season. Don’t forget about yourself while handling all the holiday details. You are important too. Practicing self-care doesn’t have to be a bunch of tasks on a to-do list, it can be quick and easy. Be sure to make it a part of your holiday routine and you will see a difference. Happy holidays!