As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself. Christmas can be a hectic and stressful time, but there are some simple things you can do to practise self care and keep yourself feeling happy and healthy. Here are five ways to make sure you’re taking care of yourself this festive season.
Set aside some time for yourself.
The holidays can be overwhelming, with all the demands on your time and energy such as shopping, cooking, and socialising. Make sure to set aside some time each day to do something that you enjoy and take time to relax and unwind. Whether that’s reading a book, taking a bath, or going for a walk. This will help you relax and recharge. There is nothing wrong with saying no when you don’t feel like it. And you don’t need an excuse for why you can’t do the thing either. Sitting on your couch in your comfy pyjamas is a great reason if that is what you feel like doing. If you absolutely have to do the thing then make a plan to leave early and prepare the host. ‘I’m so sorry I can’t stay long today but I’m so glad to see you.’ This leaves room for staying longer or leaving early – whatever your mood allows.
2. Stick to a healthy routine.
It can be tempting to indulge in all the rich foods and drinks that are available during the holidays, but overindulging can leave you feeling sluggish and bloated. Try to balance out the indulgences with healthy, nourishing meals and snacks. This will help you feel your best and avoid the post-holiday blues. If you do want to treat yourself, do so in moderation. Keep up the exercise and stay active. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and boost your mood, and the holiday season is no exception. Make sure to get in some physical activity each day, whether it’s going for a walk or jog, hitting the gym, or doing a home workout. This will help you stay healthy and energised during the busy holiday season.
3. Get enough sleep.
Sleep is essential for good health, and it can be easy to lose track of your usual sleep schedule during the holidays. This is especially important during the holiday season when you may be burning the candle at both ends. . Make sure to get enough sleep each night, as this will help you feel more energised and focused. If you have time off work, make the most of it by incorporating an afternoon nap. If you have kids, put them in front of a movie and go and get some shut eye.
4. Connect with others.
The holidays can be a lonely time for some people, so make sure to connect with friends and family. You can call or video chat with loved ones who live far away, or spend time with people in your local community. This will help you feel more connected and supported. If you live close to friends and family, spending time with the people you love can be a huge source of support and happiness. Make sure to carve out time to spend with your loved ones, whether it’s having a special meal together, going for a walk, or just catching up over the phone.
5. Take breaks from technology.
It’s easy to get caught up in the constant stream of news, social media, and online shopping, but this can be overwhelming and exhausting. Try to take regular breaks from technology, and spend some time away from screens. This will give you a chance to relax and unwind, and will help you stay focused and productive.
In conclusion, the holiday season can be a wonderful time of year, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself and practice self-care. By taking time to relax and unwind, staying active and healthy, getting enough sleep, eating well, and spending time with loved ones, you can enjoy the holiday season to the fullest and feel your best.
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