December is here!!! Holidays were referred to as ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’ It is also one of the busiest, and many would probably agree that it is the most stressful month as well. With lots of gatherings and reunions, you may be asking how to take care of yourself during the holidays.
Many people say the holiday season entails making preparations and caring for others. This, on the other hand, leaves little time for self-care. Here are some suggestions for how to take care of yourself during the holidays.
Social media is a great tool for everyone to connect with their loved ones, especially during the holidays. But sometimes it can be very overwhelming and in the worst cases be very toxic for your well being. The pressure to be constantly active and present on all social media platforms during the holidays might exhaust you. So it’s better for you to disconnect or lie low on your social media so that you can reconnect and take care of yourself more. It’s always better to put your health first before anything else. You can also try to reconnect with your loved ones. I’m talking about genuine personal connections that can’t be found on social media.
Being grateful has been proven to improve one’s well being in general. Instead of getting carried away by all the things you need to do, spend some time acknowledging, celebrating, and expressing gratitude for all you have to be grateful for this holiday season. Every night, do a brain dump onto a piece of paper of everything big and small you have to be grateful for.
Remind yourself to do self-care tasks at the same time each day so they become habitual. Do the things you love doing the most like dancing, spending time with your friends, working out at the gym, cooking, or just simply taking a walk after dinner.
We all know there are a lot of events and things going on during these months of the year. You’ll probably get a lot of invitations these holidays from close friends and relatives. Attending all of these events might drain your energy. They’ll surely understand if you politely decline some invitations. Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person. Remember, you should be prioritizing your health and be kind to yourself.
Carrying a lot of baggage with you, be it in life, work, or relationships can prevent you from moving forward. Learn how to let go of the things that don’t spark joy in your life. Remember to always carry a kind and light heart.
Giving and sharing is almost therapeutic. Caring for yourself may sometimes mean giving and sharing to other people. Choose a charity or organization where you can do this. It doesn’t matter what you give and share as long as it’s sincere and genuinely comes from your heart.
What better way of taking care of yourself than that of eating healthy during these holidays? You may be tempted to eat everything you see but make sure to still have that control and discipline over food intake. Anything excess is not healthy.
This is the time where you can make use of your senses at it’s finest. Simply be present by noticing the different sights, feeling the cold holiday breeze, listening to the holiday sounds, smelling and tasting different food.
With so many things to do and events to take part in, it’s the perfect time for you to prioritize the things that are most important to you. Make a list of your priorities and take action on the ones that need to be done first.
When you focus on yourself, you’ll soon realize that you improve on so many aspects in life. This may mean cutting off the toxic things in your life and choosing things that are good for you. Taking care of yourself these holidays should be directed to your growth and betterment.
We hope these suggestions answered the question on how to take care of yourself during these holidays. The best present you can give yourself is taking care of it.
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