The holidays are my favorite time of year. But it can be a stressful time. With colds running rampant, playing host to friends and family, and trying to get shopping done, we all have a lot on our plate. That’s why Holiday themed self-care is so important!
I wanted to create a holiday survival guide you can bookmark and come back to when you’re in need of a little self-care. It’s already hard enough to find time for yourself during the year and it may seem impossible during the holidays.
I promise this little holiday self-care guide is going to do the trick!
The holidays are filled with easy-to-follow, aka mindless movies, that you can flip on and watch. Or zone out to. This is my personal favorite way to relax. Not only do I get good entertainment, but it also helps take me out of the real world for just long enough to feel refreshed when I come back.
There’s a lot of pressure to spend time with family during the holidays. In pop culture, this is always portrayed as a tension filled time in which arguments are hashed out, a family member gets too drunk, and everyone is upset. It doesn’t have to be this way though. When you’re inviting people over for a holiday get together or are invited to someone else’s, be mindful of who will be there. You are under no obligation to be around people who upset you. Who drain your energy. Get used to saying no.
Peppermint, chestnut, pumpkin, apple cider. You name it. It’s all available right now in soothing forms like lotion, candles, face masks. Pick up a few of these items to rotate through your self-care routine. I can tell you, nothing brightens my mood more than my spiced chestnut candle. This is a subtle form of aromatherapy, which is a holistic approach to help improve mental and physical health. If you find this is your jam, you can then throw in essential oils into the mix!
Fill up time with holiday activities:
For me, the holidays are a time for baking and getting crafty. I absolutely love both cooking and baking. Whether or not these are also your preferred holiday activities, take time out of your week to do some of your favorite holiday activities! Nothing beats a long week quite like a nice relaxing time getting crafty. Who knows, maybe you’ll knock out a few holiday gifts along the way!
Find alone time:
Don’t get me wrong, I love hanging out with friends and family. But sometimes after being around people for so many days in a row, I just need a break. A time in which I can decompress, not have to talk to anyone, and just be with my thoughts. My favorite way to do this is sitting in my fluffy chair and read, or paint my nails while listening to a podcast. Just something small with big, positive impacts later.
This list may be small but I promise you, this holiday themed self-care will work. Plan at least 30 minutes to an hour in which you can do one of these activities. If you can do this daily, or even twice a week, it will help you get through this holiday season!