During this time of year we typically get bogged down with family, events, and other responsibilities. And we forget to take care of ourselves. This year I want to remind you that you are not going to be any good for the people around you if you don't take care of yourself first. In this blog post I will outline 8 ways to take care of yourself during this holiday season. Take the time to do one of the following things:
It's okay to say no
Setting boundaries with the people around you is tough, but you have to. If you don't want to go to a family gathering, it's okay to say no. Saying yes to things that are really a no will leave you miserable. Don't be miserable this holiday season.
Make time to relax
It's nice to be busy with family, but it's also great to relax. Relaxing will allow you to reenergize, so you can be the best version of yourself.
Give yourself grace with food
The holidays are filled with lots of foods and desserts that aren't the healthiest. Don't be hard on yourself if you overindulge. You can always restart your diet if you mess up, but you can't take back the negative self-talk.
Find a way to give back
Many of use are blessed to have people who love us, a place to live, and food to eat. But some people don't have those things. Think about where you can give back during this time to show someone else that you care.
Treat yourself to something special
Oftentimes we buy everyone around us a gift for the holidays, but we forget about ourselves. This year I want you to put your own name on holiday list of gifts to get. You deserve it.
Make time for quality alone time
It's not selfish to spend time alone during the holidays. It will help you recharge from all of the events and gatherings that you attend. Again, you deserve it.
Create new traditions with your loved ones
Spice up the holiday season with a new tradition. Sometimes we get stuck on doing the same things every year, but it's nice to try something new. It'll shake things up.
I hope this list of self-care tips are helpful during the holiday season. If you need additional support, we do have therapy session available. Reach out on our website.