The holidays and festivities are among us. Christmas music is playing in the malls, holiday displays line the streets of downtowns, and parades and festivities are in full-swing! As wonderful as the holidays are, they also come with their challenges. Self-care is incredibly important during this highly stressful, busy time of year. Here are five self-care tips and tricks you can implement into your routine to keep you sane this holiday season!
1. Find time to be with yourself
In the chaos of the holidays, it can sometimes be hard to find time to be alone. You might not even be seeing it as a priority at this time of year because there’s so much going on. As fun as all the festivities are, it’s essential to find some alone time to recharge from all of it. This is especially important if you’re an introvert like myself, because you don’t want to burn yourself out! In addition to the value of recharging during alone time, spending time with yourself is always important for personal growth. This allows you to really reflect and get to know yourself, what you want, where you want to go, who you want to be, etc. This is incredibly valuable during any time of year!
2. Surround yourself with positivity
How many of you have friends or family members who just bring negativity into your life? And how many of you still go out of your way to spend time with them during the holidays? My mindset has shifted so much on this topic over the past couple of years. I’ve come to respect myself a lot more, and therefore I’ve realized I deserve to receive respect just as much as I give it. It doesn’t matter if that person is a family member or some random on the street, if they’re not treating you with respect and positivity then you don’t need to engage in that. That being said, I know we all have family obligations to attend where a negative person might be there. In that case (because you don’t want to let the people who do treat you right down), just avoid talking to that person as much as possible. Put your shield up and don’t take any negative comments personally. In fact, let it go right past you and move on from it as quickly as possible. Have a positive person there to be your wingman/wingwoman and don’t let the haters get you down!
3. Indulge in the festivities
Here’s the thing about the holidays – there is so much opportunity to participate in festive fun! Events like parades, Christmas markets, and toy drives can really get you in the festive spirit and uplift your spirits! Allow yourself to take a break from the stresses and just enjoy what the holidays are all about – coming together as a community. Volunteer at a holiday event and feel like you’re making a difference in someone’s life. Attend community festivities and laugh and feel jolly. If you’re a Christian, attend Christmas Eve mass (not to get into religious chats here but I don’t consider myself to be overly religious and I’ve even enjoyed Christmas church festivities). Do something that makes you feel like you’re a part of your community and enjoy it! After all, what is a holiday if you’re not really taking the time to celebrate?
4. Slow Down and enjoy the little things
Life during the holiday season can often feel extremely rushed. It’s like living in a big city where everyone is always on the move. Slow down there, killer! Before you know it, the festive season will be over, so why not actually take it in and enjoy it while it lasts? Treat yourself to a holiday drink from Starbucks and really savour it. Browse through the local shops and take in the beautiful holiday displays that they’ve worked so hard to put together. Sit by the fire and enjoy your favourite holiday movies while snuggled up with loved ones. There are so many small moments that completely pass us by in the hustle and bustle, and they’re moments that you can’t ever get back. The most beautiful memories come from enjoying the little things, and those are the moments you’ll tell your kids and your grandkids about one day.
5. Plan everything but be flexible
Let me tell you what I know as someone who is obsessed with scheduling out everything. It is absolutely essential to have a plan for every event, budget, gift, date night, and everything else during the holidays. Those people who never have a plan, I don’t know how they survive. If you’re one of those people, please tell me your strategies! Having a plan and a schedule is essential if you want to stay on top of your scheduling and budgeting during the holidays. That being said, I’ve established that the holidays are absolute chaos sometimes. In order to balance this chaos, you need to have some flexibility in your plans. When creating your gifting budget, allow yourself some wiggle room. When making plans, be okay with the fact that plans might fall through (my birthday is six days before Christmas, I’m the queen of people cancelling on me because of the holidays but I’ve learned to structure things in a way that accommodates that). Plans might change unexpectedly, you might have a last minute event to go to, literally anything can happen. Be flexible with your time and your budget (but not too flexible as to make things crazy!).
While chaotic, the holidays are a beautiful time to be enjoyed on your own and with family and friends. Whatever your holiday plans are, be sure to keep these self-care tips and trick in the back of your mind to help you not only to survive the holiday season, but really enjoy it!
What are your biggest self-care tips and tricks for surviving the holiday season? Let us know in the comments below! Also be sure to pick up your free holiday self-care checklist, which can be found in the free resource library (click the graphic below)!