Don’t let the “most wonderful time of the year” become “the most stressful time of the year”. Take care of yourself this season so the times remain merry.
When things are becoming overwhelming take a moment to yourself and say something positive to calm down. Some good affirmations to recite are:
“I take care of the world when I take care of myself”
“I choose to live in the moment”
“I set healthy boundaries and take extra time to heal”
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is vital year round, but particularly when your days are filled with shopping, wrapping, cooking, etc. In order to get through these draining tasks get a full night's worth of sleep to keep your energy up.
Being dehydrated can affect your body and make you feel not so good. Try keeping a reusable bottle with you at all times as a reminder to drink up! If you have difficulty with drinking water, maybe try infusing fruit or mint to make it tasty.
Make a Budget
A determining factor for stress this season will be the cost of gifts, food, etc. Instead of randomly buying things try to first write down exactly what you are going to buy and the prices. Creating a budget will relieve some stress.
Take a Break from Being Social
Whether this break is from social media or in person interactions is up to you. Take a half or full day at least once a week to be alone. Sometimes it can get overwhelming texting, tweeting, dm’ing, or even talking. Recharge your battery for social interaction.
Make a Gratitude List
As a way to release positive energy each day, write down things you are grateful for each night. Gratitude has been shown to improve sleep, self-esteem, physical and mental health.
Ask for Support
If you are feeling overwhelmed, speak up and ask for help. Most of the time people are more than willing to offer help. Simply speaking up can ease the heavy load.
Use the upcoming parties as an excuse to get a new hairdo, mani + pedi, or message.
It’s very easy to let go of our usual routines during the holidays. The most important routine to keep is staying active. Movement can relieve stress and boost energy. Lots of times we don’t have are usual gyms and other workout measures, so even a 30 minute walk or run will do.
This is a very broad statement, but whatever happiness means to you, try to
maintain that. Most people forget that this season is supposed to be merry. Follow
all of the tips above and hopefully they bring you happiness this season.
What does self care look like to you during the holidays? Tell us in the comments below!