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Self-Care for the Holidays

The holidays can be one of the most joyful times of year. It’s time with family and friends, enjoying delicious food at gatherings, and listening to uplifting music.

It’s definitely one of my favorite times of year. I’m that person that chooses to work retail just during the holiday season to help buyers select presents to their loved ones.

Making self-care my own tradition

I personally like to participate in every aspect of the holidays. One of those aspects is one that I decided to create myself. I guess you could consider it my own holiday tradition.

If I’m not careful I can get easily drained by all of the excitement and activity of the holidays. What most often follows is a migraine. Having gotten migraines since early childhood, I know not to push the limit on this. Too much activity – even fun activity – can trigger a migraine. I need to have dedicated time to refill my cup. I need time to rest.

Refilling my cup

One of my favorite ways to refill during the holidays is to indulge in some made-for-tv holiday movies. Hello Lifetime and Hallmark channel!

Aromatherapy bath soaks are another great indulgence. Here’s an easy DIY recipe if this sounds appealing to you too!

De-Stress Bath Soak

Soak for 20 minutes

Scheduling rest

I try to make my rest time a consistent and regular appointment on my calendar. I actually schedule it into my calendar. If I don’t, the days, weeks, and entire holiday season slips away.

This is actually a tip that I learned in business that is so applicable in all areas of life. Your calendar is a reflection of your priorities. So that’s a quick and easy self-check – when I look at my calendar, am I prioritizing my health and self-care? (Some say numbers don’t lie – so I guess that can also be said for calendars don’t lie!)

Two of my favorite times to schedule this rest are Thursday nights or Sunday afternoons, but if I look at my calendar and those times are booked that just means that I have to find another available time in my week. Not having it on the calendar isn’t an option.

Self-care doesn’t set me back

Self-care has become a non-negotiable for me. It’s come out of necessity, really.

It’s funny how doing something like this can feel like a “setback” to us busy bees in the moment, but it actually allows us to refuel and live out the rest of our week with much more energy and joy.

I’ve tried to push the limits in years past and that just led me to burn out and required even longer downtime to recover.

Beyond the holidays

Really this is a practice that we should be doing year-round. This doesn’t have to be just during the holidays.

The biggest benefit that I’ve experienced with this practice is that I feel like I’m able to show up better for my family and friends during the holiday season. I’m far more present when we do meet up, I’m feeling good so my overall energy is better, and I’m just all-around able to enjoy the holidays in a brighter way!

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  • Falcon6
    2 months ago

    Great advice!

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