Go Easy on Yourself This Holiday Season
During the holidays, we usually give instead of receiving. However, with all the craziness around the holidays, taking care of ourselves isn’t very easy. It can quickly sink to the very bottom of our to-do list. As a consequence of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic this year, this seems truer than ever.
Travel complications and social distancing guidelines mean plans may be changed or canceled. As a result, this can add more distress to a period already packed with worries. It’s okay to feel disappointed about missing out on events, but try not to stay stuck on it. It’s still possible to have a great time, even if your plans have to change.
Reclaim Some Peace
First, you have to get into the right state of mind. For so many people, the holidays bring more responsibility and men doing things for others. In short, this means there’s less time to take care of yourself. However, with all of the chaos that 2020 has brought, you deserve a break. Reclaim a little bit of peace, by carving out some “me time” for the holidays.
In order to ease some of the stress, here are 10 quick tips to begin a little self-care during the most wonderful time of the year.
Take up a Hobby
Maybe you like to exercise. Perhaps you really enjoy flower arranging. Whatever it is you like to do, set aside a bit of time everyday to do it. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. With this is mind, don’t forget about yourself!
Take a Nap
The holidays usually have a way of making our minds run a marathon. Despite a long to-do list, give your body and your brain a chance to recharge. In short, don’t burn out.
“Giving” can mean donating or volunteering. How you choose to give is up to you. Helping people puts us in the true holiday spirit. Not to mention, it can make you feel good about yourself.
Go on a Walk
This is an amazing way to boost your mood. Without a doubt, fall is the perfect time to slip on those walking boots. With that in mind, make sure to breathe in the fresh air and take some thinking time for yourself.
Make good decisions about what you eat. The holidays usually mean a ton of food. However, it’s important to indulge a little. But keep in mind that making good decisions about your nutrition can impact your mood.
Stop Planning and Start Doing
Maybe you want to travel and learn a new language. On the contrary, maybe you want to find a way to give back to the community. Stop letting life get in the way. Use holiday time to get the ball rolling. Make plans to begin with the start of the new year.
Maybe you’re in need of a D.I.Y spa day. Then again, maybe it’s as easy as gifting yourself flowers and a pumpkin spice latte. Set aside time for whatever kind of self-care you enjoy. Don’t stop loving on yourself.
Let Go of Guilt
This year has been crazy enough. There’s no need to be hard on yourself. If you prefer to social distance and have to decline event invitations, it’s okay to say no. In fact, an important part of taking “me time” is being mindful of your own needs. You don’t have to overwhelm yourself.
The holidays always feel so much more joyful with festive decorations. Holiday decorations are magical. Also, bigger isn’t always better. A holiday bouquet and some quick and easy holiday D.I.Y’s still bring plenty of cheer. These are great ways of getting into a joyful mood.
Ask for Help
Finally, sometimes it’s just not possible to do it all on your own. Thanksgiving prepping and Christmas shopping are huge tasks. Use curbside delivery when possible to make your life a little easier. Also remember to be comfortable reaching out to friends or family for help. Remember that when you ask for help with stressful tasks, you can enjoy the holidays too.
Gift Yourself Time
This season, “me time” is more important than ever. Trying to figure out what the holidays will look like this year is unsettling. This time of the year should be spent on love and blessings, not on worries. Don’t get caught up in the holiday madness! Give yourself the ultimate gift of time. This way, you can recharge and enjoy the holidays. Undoubtedly, it’s one gift you definitely owe yourself.