The holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. According to the Medical University of South Carolina, many stressors this time of year include, but are not limited to travel, visitors, entertaining, parties, typical chores, eating, drinking, unpredictable weather, sleep deprivation, financial threats and the most dreaded of all – feeling lonely when we’re supposed to be enjoying the company of family and friends. So, what are you to do? Take time for you with some self-care.
Ideas for You
Make Healthy Choices – I’m not saying it’s not okay to indulge in a Christmas Cookie or a slice of pie during the holidays but be sure to do it in moderation. When we eat well, we feel well.
Pray/Meditate as you Take Time for You – Schedule quiet time for you and your higher power. Take time to be closer to your God. Center yourself and keep grounded during the most stressful of times.
Go Outside – Get outside and breathe some fresh air. Take a walk. Go snowshoeing. Build a snowman. Do something fun outdoors and get fresh air.
Get Enough Sleep and Take Time for You – In the busyness of the season, it’s easy to forget sleep. Be sure to get enough for yourself so you don’t wear yourself thin. It’s okay to take a nap if you feel you need it.
Stay Hydrated and Limit Alcohol – Drink plenty of water and limit your alcohol intake during the holidays. As noted above, it’s okay to indulge, but don’t overdo it…too often. LOL!
Pamper Yourself – Treat yourself to something special, whether that’s a massage, a day at the spa, or a special gift that you’ve been wanting for yourself. Go ahead. You deserve it.
Take a Break from Social Media – Trust me! This is a must! Put down the phone, the tablet, or get off the laptop. You will feel better when you aren’t inundated with all outside stimulation and unrealistic expectations of the holiday season.
Practice Gratitude – Take time each day, preferably first thing in the morning or last thing at night before you go to bed, to make note of things you are grateful for.
Workout – Exercise and get the blood pumping. Whether that’s a trip to the gym, a yoga session you do online, or a community dance class, get moving!
Drink a Cup of Herbal Tea as you Take Time for You – Take a moment and brew yourself a cup of tea. I’m a big fan of Yogi Herbal Teas. They have a large variety of Stress Relief Herbal Teas, and they taste great.
Take Time for You with Breaks – Whether it’s to take a walk around the block, to watch a favorite Christmas movie, or to bake a batch of cookies with the grandkids; take a break from whatever fills your day and catch your breath.
Spend Time with your Partner – Be intentional and have a date night with your significant other. Go to a movie. See the Nutcracker. Go to a Wine tasting. Have dinner out. Just spend time with the 2 of you.
Get Creative as you Take Time for You – Make your own Christmas Cards. Attend a Paint and Sip. Bake cookies. Use your creative outlet whatever that might be.
Whatever it is you like to do for your personal self-care, don’t neglect it. Take time for you. You are the cog in the wheel and if that cog gets broken, the wagon won’t move.
Here’s to the holidays as you take time for you and RESETTING your life!
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