The holidays have a tendency to put us on the brink of exhaustion at all times.
We worry ourselves into a frenzy trying to be everything to everyone and can easily get to a point where we completely forget to take care of ourselves.
How can you keep giving to others if you don’t have anything left to give?
The answer is simple: you can’t.
Making self-care a priority during the busy holiday season is so important for so many reasons. It not only helps to keep your sanity in check, but allows you to be able to continue to give to others too. We have to fill up our own cup to be able to pour love and support into those around us. And if our cup is empty…then we don’t have anything to give!
Today I’m sharing 5 tips for self-care during the holidays that I hope serve as encouragement to you that it’s okay to put yourself first this holiday season. In fact, it’s more than okay. It’s essential in order to make sure your family and those around you have a wonderful holiday season too.
Here are 5 tips for self-care during the holidays:
1. Learn to say “no”
Say no to any parties, to-dos, or obligations that don’t give you joy. Life is too short to spend our time doing things we are less than excited about.
Saying “no” to the things you don’t want to do frees you up to spend time doing what you love and will allow you to take better care of yourself too. It is not kind to force yourself to run around like a crazy person all of December – don’t let that happen.
2. Ask for help
If you are feeling completely overwhelmed by everything you need to get done, don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Your friends and family don’t want to see you stressed out to the max. So if you are having a particularly trying holiday season, reach out to them and let them know. Maybe your spouse can help you with some of the gift shopping, or your kids can help you decorate the Christmas tree.
3. Lower your expectations
So often we put pressure on ourselves to have things be perfect, and the holidays are no exception.
Let go of perfection and embrace the “good enough” mentality.
So what if your Christmas tree is a little lopsided, or you burnt the heck out of those sugar cookies. In the big scheme of things, neither of those things really matter. Focus on what does matter – your happiness, your sanity, and enjoying this holiday season…imperfections and all.
4. Schedule downtime in your calendar
Making sure you set aside time to unwind is so important any time of the year, but especially during the holidays.
Our calendars tend to quickly fill up with all of the holiday gatherings and special events that this time of year brings. And while it can be a lot of fun, it can also be very draining. Try setting aside a morning or an afternoon just for you. If you can fit it in your budget, perhaps schedule a massage or treat yourself to a latte at your local coffee shop.
Having a few hours to yourself where you don’t have anything in particular planned can be so rejuvenating. Put that “me time” in your calendar right now!
5. Make relaxing a priority
When you make adding relaxation to your life a priority, it’s a lot easier to allocate the time to properly take care of yourself.
Sometimes it’s hard to let yourself unwind and get to a peaceful state of mind. When I find myself feeling overly stressed out, it’s no secret around here that I typically like to use lavender essential oil to help me relax and calm down a bit.
I usually like to add a few drops to a bubble bath or mix it with oil/unscented lotion to enjoy the lavender scent. Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ graciously sent me this aromatherapy diffuser to try out and I’ve been loving it! I’ve used oil warmers before, but never a diffuser, and I’m quickly discovering that it’s my new favorite way to enjoy essential oils!
It’s a nice way to let the lavender aroma permeate the air and I have a feeling I’m going to be running this bad boy constantly in our home from now on. I was even using it while wrapping some Christmas gifts to get into a relaxed state of mind and enjoy the process of wrapping a bit more.
If you’re an essential oil lover too, Earthly Elements™ has a fantastic selection of essential oils that can help you to unwind and relax this holiday season. You can find them at www.earthlyelements.com.
I hope you found these tips for self-care during the holidays helpful and that this was a great reminder to make sure you take care of yourself this holiday season 🙂
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