Holiday Self-Care Matters Too

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The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But, they can also be a time for stress. From shopping for gifts to hosting and attending holiday parties, it’s easy to get overwhelmed during this time of year. That’s why taking some time for yourself and practicing a little self-care is essential. Those momentary “me” moments, where you focus on renewing and refreshing your mind and body, will help get you through any holiday! Here are a handful of simple ways to do just that.

5 Simple Self-Care Ideas

Get outside and get moving

Even if it’s cold outside, there are still plenty of reasons to get out and get active. Fresh air and exercise are great for relieving stress and boosting your mood. Fresh air and sunshine are natural mood boosters, and the act of walking, jogging, or stretching can help release endorphins and lower stress levels.

So, consider taking a short solo nature hike or walk outdoors for bit. Breathe in the fresh air and connect with yourself and nature. If you can’t pull yourself away from family and friends, then another idea is to sign up for a holiday fun run or walk. Many communities host events like these, often with festive costumes and decorations, making them a fun and memorable way to get moving and spend quality time with loved ones.

Self-Care Outside

Set aside time for yourself

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget to set aside some time for yourself. Schedule some “me time” to avoid burnout and overwhelm. Your “me” moments should include whatever you enjoy doing. Maybe, it’s taking a long bath, reading your favorite book, listening to your favorite song, or taking a nap. No matter how you fill the time, be sure to carve at least 5 – 10 minutes daily to step away from the hectic happenings to do something you enjoy just for yourself.

Self-Care Me Time

Sip some tea (or other favorite drink!)

What better way to soothe your mind, body, and spirit than by sipping a cup of tea? Tea is more than just a comforting beverage, it’s a ritual of self-care that can help you stay grounded, relaxed, and focused during the hustle and bustle of the season.

You don’t need to be an expert in tea-making or spend a lot of money to enjoy the benefits of tea. Simply find a tea blend you like (herbal teas like chamomile and lavender are especially relaxing, but any type of tea will do the trick), brew a pot, sit and indulge. This simple but effective self-care practice can help you relax, recharge, and enjoy the holiday season to the fullest.

Self-Care Tea Time

Connect with loved ones far away

The holidays are a great time to catch up with long-distance family and friends. Phone calls, video chats, and even text messages can all help us feel connected to the people we care about, even if we’re miles apart. These meaningful connections help reduce stress and bring some joy into your life during what can be a hectic time of year.

By prioritizing self-care and taking intentional steps to connect with others when you can, you create meaningful memories for you and for them!

Self-Care Connect

Give Back

One of the best ways to feel good during the holidays is by giving back to others who may be less fortunate. Whether you volunteer for a cause, donate to a charity, practice gratitude, plan a random act of kindness, or take a social media break, you’ll feel good about yourself and make a difference in the world. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, donate clothes or toys to a children’s hospital, or simply pay it forward by buying someone’s coffee in the drive-thru line.

No matter how you choose to give back, doing so helps you realize how much you have to be grateful for and how lucky you are to have the ability to make a difference.

Self-Care Volunteer

Self-Care Is Never Self-ish

Finding just 5 to 10 minute time-outs during the holiday season for “self-care pit stops” may be difficult. But, we hope this blog post encourages you to find time to check in with yourself and how you are doing throughout the holiday season. It’s something your mind and spirit will thank you for because you deserve it!

This Month’s Quote

This month’s quote reminds us that the best gift we can give others is the best of ourselves. Whether you hang out in the bathroom, go outside on the porch, or steal time in an empty bedroom – take time to re-energize throughout the holiday season.

Quote: self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what's left of you. Katie Reed - writer, speaker, mental health advocate; self-care, self-love

This Month’s Journal Prompt

Self-Reflect and Grow

It’s time to self-reflect! Grab your favorite Disrupted Unicorn Journal Notebook and pen, get comfy, take a few deep breaths, and reflect on this month’s journal prompt:

For the next 5 – 15 minutes, write down your thoughts:

  1. What are the most important aspects of the holidays to you?
  2. How do you like to spend time during the holidays?
  3. How will you remind yourself to relax this season?

Journal writing is a personal and often deeply emotional activity. If you feel uncomfortable or distressed about a particular prompt we post, please feel free to skip it and journal about whatever is on your mind or heart.

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