How to Indulge in Holiday Self-Care
Posted: Dec 12, 2020
Often, the holiday season is a crazy busy time of year. And in the midst of all that hustle and bustle, the way we treat ourselves begins to slip.
First, it’s a missed workout. Then one too many cookies. And before you know it, you’ve abandoned all of your relaxation practices in favor of burning the candle at both ends. Again.
So, today, let’s take a step back and remember that you need to find the time to treat yourself right this holiday season.
Here are five easy ways to do it, no matter how busy you are!
What gets scheduled, gets done. So, take a moment now to schedule in time to move your body, be with people you love, and relax your mind. It’s OK to prioritize these things over your to-do list. Remember, they matter too.
This is a simple step that truly makes ALL the difference.
Take Time Off
Don’t just take time off after the holidays. Take an afternoon or morning beforehand to help you get all of your to-dos done. This will allow for more evening and weekend time to unwind and you know, enjoy life.
Try a Self-Care Challenge
If you’re like me, you may find it difficult to relax when you have things to do. So, find some accountability with a challenge. Get a friend involved and keep each other accountable for a week or a month. Send pictures of your self-care actions as evidence that you took the time needed for yourself.
Read this post for a fun holiday self-care challenge.
"When we rest, our energy is restored." – Lailah Gifty Akita
Buy Yourself a Self-Investing Gift
Is there something you can put on your Christmas list (or get yourself) that promotes your health and happiness? If so, put it on there!
Make your wish list an intentional one this year with things like a yoga mat, quality music, or anything that makes you truly happy.
See: 30 Soothing Gifts for Anxiety or Self Care for great ideas to help calm down.
Involve Your Family
Finally, many of us are home with our families this year, and it’s difficult to get away if you have little ones.
Instead of trying to fight this, include them! Take a nature walk with your daughter, or indulge in a book by the fire with your entire family. Even trying a family workout will give everyone more energy and motivation.
Getting in self-care during the holidays is not an easy task, but it’s certainly worthwhile. When we neglect to care for ourselves we forget that the point of the holidays is to ENJOY ourselves and those we love. Isn’t that the magic of Christmas?
So, the next time you’re feeling harried or hustling from one thing to another, realize that perhaps it’s time to become more intentional about the holiday season.
Take a breath. Slow down. And see the day for the gift it is.
"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." – Oprah Winfrey
Jenn writes at her blog healthyhappyimpactful.com. She’s a mom of three looking to learn and grow. Check it out if you love helpful tips on health, family, and personal growth.