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  • Writer's pictureRoberta Whitney Hughes

Self-Care & The Holidays

In the four short weeks of December, it can be difficult to find time for self-care. As the pace of life picks up with more social gatherings, visits with family, and year end projects coming due, the holiday season can feel more like a whirlwind of obligations than a season of celebration. But carving out time for yourself, especially during the holiday season, will allow you to slow down in the midst of the hustle and bustle and enjoy the holidays without feeling overwhelmed.

Here are a few simple suggestions on how to make self-care a priority throughout the holiday season:

Make time for yourself every day. Time for yourself can be sprinkled into your day in short increments. Try beginning your day with a short meditation focused on gratitude. Set a timer for 1-10 minutes and sit in a quiet spot. Close your eyes and think of all of the people and things you are grateful for in your life. If you have more time, write down the things that come to mind in a gratitude journal.

Create a cozy environment in your home that encourages relaxation. Set up a space that is away from the hustle and bustle of life. Place a basket near your spot and fill it with things that encourage relaxation. You can add a few books, magazines, coloring books, journals, and markers. Let this be your spot for creativity and reflection. Carve out time on your calendar so you can spend some time in creativity.

Spend time with family and friends during the holiday season and enjoy quality conversations. Instead of saying yes to every invitation, choose how to spend your time so that you can truly connect with the people who matter most to you. Practice saying no to the invitations that will add more stress or leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Take breaks from electronics and social media to focus on your own well-being. The week of Christmas is a wonderful time to go on a Digital Detox. Commit to gathering with friends and family, playing games, and getting outside. The screens will always be there, but the opportunity to make memories is precious and fleeting.

Indulge in winter activities, like skiing, ice skating, or sledding. Even warm weather locations set up ice skating rinks and some even have Christmas carriage rides during the holiday season. Add at least one activity to your calendar and invite someone you love spending time with to go with you.

We hope these tips have inspired you to create a joyful holiday season that is both meaningful and relaxing. With a little thought and the proper mindset, the holidays can be a time of joy and connection. Our wish for you is that you slow down and discover a few peaceful moments in each day by taking some time for yourself. As you honor your own needs, you will have more energy and the desire to honor the needs of others.

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