15 Easy Ways to Practice Self Care During the Holidays
by Krissy Ward
For a lot of people, the Holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year,” but everyone doesn’t feel that way. For some, this time of year can be stressful as some may be experiencing SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), financial issues, or experienced a loss.
Self care should always be a priority, but practicing self care around the Holidays is a MUST. You can do more for others once you’ve done right by yourself. Remember, you can’t drive other people around if you don’t have any gas.
1. Remember to Laugh
Living in chronic pain has made my sense of humor pretty dark to say the least. I can laugh at pretty much anything. Remember this when things aren’t going your way. Sometimes you have to literally laugh to keep from crying.
2. Create a Morning Routine
Try to take your mornings slowly and be mindful about what you do. Get up a few minutes early and dedicate that time to yourself. Try not to get on the internet right away. Let your mind figure things out before social media tries to ruin it.
3. Take a Nap
Adults need naps too, if not more than young children. My granny has been trying to get me to take a nap for YEARS! Lol we can all use a refresher every now and then. Sometimes, all you need is a quick nap to give you that energy to complete your massive to do list. Don’t feel guilt for needing a quick power nap.
4. Get Rid of Unwarranted Guilt
It’s not your fault! Stop blaming yourself for everything especially if you aren’t giving yourself credit for the good things! This sort of guilt is self destructive and will stop you from growing to your full potential and reaching your goals.
Find somewhere quiet if you have to, but just stop, fix your posture and breathe deeply and slowly.
6. Take a Luxury Bath
When I was little, my mom used to let me take “luxury baths” and I LOVED it! I had ALL the bubbles and she gave me kool-aid in a wine glass. The lights were dimmed down and the candles were lit. I realize now, she was teaching me the importance of self care and I took that into my adulthood.
7. Have a Drink/Smoke & Calm tf Down
Maybe you need a quick fix and you just need a drink, I prefer Hennessy. There’s nothing wrong with that every now and then. Take a moment and go smoke marijuana or take an edible. Do what you got to do. Inhale the good sh*t, exhale the bullsh*t.
8. Listen to Your Body
Ask yourself “How am I feeling?”, “What’s my energy like?”, “What can I do to make myself feel better?” It’s easy to ignore ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season. Try to listen to your body before you HAVE to listen to your body.
I don’t really have to explain this one, but it’s so easy to get caught up in the day that you forget to take care of the essentials. Make sure you drink your water!
10. Manage Expectations
It’s so easy to get down on yourself when you can’t do something or complete a task, but try to remember all of the things you did complete. Know that you cannot do everything. Prioritize what is most important.
11. Listen to Music
Try relaxing with some soft music. I prefer soft rock and neo-soul. Create a playlist of soothing music to listen to so you can escape reality every once in awhile.
12. Give Yourself a Pep Talk
I have to talk to myself all the time. Remind yourself how strong you are, how much you’ve been through and how you’ve survived it all. Remind yourself that you’re a gangsta that’s not to be messed with. Fibromyalgia, any illness, any problem can’t take you down. You’re a WARRIOR! Remind yourself how much you’re worth.
13. Have Some “ME” Time
Do something that you enjoy. Whether you’re reading, writing, painting, dancing, whatever makes you happy, do that.
14. Take a Time Out Whenever/Wherever
Sometimes, adults need timeouts too. Practice recognizing when those times are. Try to relax with the “54321 Method”. Sometimes, it helps me when I begin to feel anxious. First, you describe 5 things you see in the room. Then, name 4 things you can feel (“the cold air against my skin” or “the hole in my socks”). Take a breath and name 3 things you hear (“car honking horn”). Now name 2 things you can smell right at that moment and finally, name 1 thing you can taste OR name 1 good thing about yourself. This should help you to feel more calmer.
15. Accept Help
Accepting help doesn’t mean you can’t do it on your own, but it’s nice to make your life easier every once in awhile. Accepting help is just setting you up to succeed and that’s the end goal, right?
I hope you find at least one of these helpful during this season. Enjoy the Holiday season, but don’t forget to take care of YOU while you’re taking care of everyone else. Do you have any tips for practicing self care during the Holidays?