Holiday Self Care #1
The holidays are a frantic time for most of us. Although it's supposed to be joyful it's also often filled with stress, guilt, and anger. Self care is always important, but especially so at this time of year. This five part series will look at various ways we can take care of ourselves over the next five weeks. Today's post is about making time for yourself.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to make time for you. I know your calendar is probably full to bursting with errands and parties. We're supposed to both get everything done and enjoy ourselves, with the enjoyment implied in the doing. But in my experience it rarely works out that way. If you're going to enjoy yourself, you need to make time for it.
Take that calendar and carve out some time for yourself. Not time by yourself so you can finish your errands in peace, or check things off your infinite to do list. Time for you to do something for you. Something that takes care of you. And before you say that you can't possibly find the time for it, think about how you somehow manage to add another get together or errand to your calendar when asked. Make it a priority and block off some time every week just for you. A happy and relaxed you is going to make everyone around you happy too.
Once you've blocked off your time, decide what you want to fill it with. Or not. Sitting on the couch and staring out the window is perfectly acceptable. Some other ideas for activities:
-Take a nap
-Take a bath (bubbles, bath salts, or bath bombs optional)
-Read a book
-Have a cup of tea
-Give yourself or get a mani/pedi
-Take a walk in an area with lots of holiday decorations
-Do some creative writing
-Draw or paint
-Go for a run (only suggested for those that find this relaxing)
-Catch up on a tv show or film you've been wanting to watch
-Go to the movies by yourself
Taking time for yourself is not selfish. It's a necessity for your well being. And it will make the holidays more enjoyable. I'll be spending my me time this season sitting on the couch with a cup of tea, reading a book. Pop a comment down below and let me know what you choose.
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