Holiday season is upon us and although the holidays are times for fun, laughter, gift giving and great food, it also comes with stress. Therefore, it is important to intentionally set aside time for a well needed self care day.
Being a full time wife, sister, daughter and CEO comes with a lot of priorities. When you add in holiday planning, life becomes overwhelming this time of year. Finding time to distance myself to focus on the things that make me happy and bring me peace seems impossible. However, I also know that in order for me to be my highest self, I intentionally need to schedule time for rest and rejuvenation this season.
Self-Care Tip #1: Know that everything doesn’t have to be perfect.
The first year I hosted Christmas dinner at my home, I experienced more stress than joy. I wanted everything to be perfect from the food to the decorations. In the end, I learned my guests didn’t care about all the frills, they just wanted to eat good, have fun playing games and creating lasting memories. Although Christmas comes with a lot of planning, take time to actually ENJOY the holiday. Everything doesn’t need to be perfect. As long as your intentions are good, family and friends will love it.
Self-Care Tip #2: Prioritize care for your body
Holiday planning can lead to stress, stress can lead to a multitude of self afflicted illnesses. Take time to listen to your body. It’s important to stay hydrated, and remember Christmas is not all about consuming those delicious holiday treats. Now, I’m not crazy so I won’t be advocating that you skip every yummy treat this holiday season. However, I am making a commitment to keep my body healthy, despite the occasional piece of fudge or eggnog latte.
My self-care plan for my body this holiday season is simple. Here it is:
- Take a long walk or bike ride at least every other day
- Drink water with every meal and first thing in the morning before rising out of bed.
- Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night
- Create a morning and nighttime skin routine
- Invest in quality bath salts, oils and creams to balance out your emotions and wash away the stress of the day. I use Rose & Rose Quartz Bath Salts
Even though it sounds simple, I know it’s going to be a challenge.
The best way for me to make sure I’m making body care a priority is to write out a plan. I’ll be using this Daily Self-Care Checklist to come up with a self-care plan each week.
Self-Care Tip #3: Set Aside time to Meditate
Daily quiet time helps me to maintain my sanity over the craziness of the holidays and focus on the things I want to manifest in my life. Overtime I’ve come to realize just how precious this time to refresh and recharge each day really is.
My Morning Routine is something I hold sacred. This holiday season I’m committed to keeping up with my quiet time. This can even include choosing to read a good book for 20-30 minutes a day. Alter your quite time to fit your needs and desires.
Self-Care Tip #4: It’s OK to say NO to attending every Holiday party or event.
My goal is to say no to a holiday invitation if it isn’t in alignment with my family values.
What does that mean?
If I receive an invitation and my initial reaction isn’t to give it my best yes then I’m going to weigh three things:
- What are my other obligations?
- What are my family’s needs?
- How am I feeling?
I’ll make my decision after I carefully weigh these three things. Sometimes it will be yes, but other times it will be no. But I’m going to make that decision with intention and respond with grace.
Self-Care Tip #5: Calendar Block “Me Time” Each week
This last self-care tip might be the most challenging of all.
I plan on scheduling at least one block of time each week just for me.“Me time” is important. But I always feel so guilty taking time just for me. Maybe you feel this way, too?
But I know that the way I should be viewing “me time” is that it fills me up. It refreshes me.
It makes me a better me. And that’s a good thing for everyone in my family, including me.
So this holiday season, I’m going to look at my permission slip, remember to let go of perfection, and enjoy my favorite novel while sipping an eggnog latte guilt-free.
What does your self-care routines look like? Leave a comment below