It’s December and the Christmas/holiday season is upon us! Confession time: my decorations have been up since mid-November.
But now that’s it’s December the Christmas season is in full swing with concerts, bake sales, parties, and special events. That means our schedules are filling up with places to be, there are more sweets everywhere, hoards of people to visit, a deadline for shopping looming closer and SO MANY EXPECTATIONS.
I want you to have a great time this season and I want you to do it in the healthiest, happiest way possible.
So I’ve come up with this list of 9 Self Care Tips for Christmas Time.
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On to the tips!
Make time for the people you love.
For many, Christmas is a time for getting together with loved ones, especially those you don’t get to see very often throughout the year. Take this time to celebrate your friendships and your love. Spending time with these people is a gift.
Come to terms with the fact that you can’t do it all.
That work event Friday night, two concerts the next day and then that party Saturday, the Christmas market and family dinner Sunday – it all adds up!
If that sounds like a weekend of awesomeness that you can handle, go for it! But if that’s just not you, don’t do it! You don’t have to do it all and you actually can’t do it all!
Trying to do several Christmas activities over one weekend is one thing, but to try to do that every weekend for a month and then throw in a bunch of events over the actual holidays isn’t sustainable! The new year is going to come and you’re going to feel exhausted instead of well-rested, hopeful, and inspired about what’s to come.
Just pace yourselves, folks.
Don’t forget to rest.
I know this sounds like a reiteration of the last tip, but I need you to understand – rest is part of your self-care too.
Rest could be watching a Christmas movie. It could be reading a book. Maybe it’s playing a boardgame. It might be with your family or maybe it’s by yourself.
It may sound weird, but my family would wake up on Christmas morning and open our presents, eat breakfast, and chat together. Then lunchtime would roll around and we would all go our separate ways for the afternoon (there are a handful of introverts in my family). But that quiet time apart from each other was exactly what we needed so we could actually enjoy our time together at a big supper event that evening.
So don’t feel like you’re being a party-pooper if you need quiet time.
If you’re stressed about your budget, plan ahead of time how much you want to spend on Christmas gifts. If you’re worried about not completely blowing off your eating habits, decide how many treats you’re going to eat before walking into the party. Having a plan ahead of time will take away the stress and insecurity of an on-the-spot decision.
Find the balance between the occasional treat and undoing your good habits.
I want you to drink eggnog and eat chocolate and stay up late and celebrate! I don’t want you to do that everyday for two weeks straight, though.
If you start letting yourself have treats all the time throughout this season (whether that’s eating something sweet, staying up past your bedtime, or staying in your pajamas all day), they stop being treats and have the potential to turn into habits.
Use your 5 senses to create a happy Christmas ambience.
You already know what puts you in a good mood at Christmas time. Put up those lights, bring out that cinnamon, drink that hot chocolate, snuggle up in your favourite blanket, turn on that Michael Bublé Christmas album. Appealing to your senses will put you in such a great mood.
Ask for help.
You don’t HAVE to do anything by yourself. Get your friends and family to help out! This includes helping with the big meal, decorating the tree, picking up family from the airport, whatever! You are a superhero, of course, but even all the Marvel heroes had to come together to save the universe in The Avengers, so there – logic.
Get in the Christmas spirit and give a little.
Charity is a pretty prominent theme at Christmas time. And giving to those in need will actually make you feel better. So donate to your favourite charity, get some friends together and go carolling, put together a box of school supplies for a child in need, send donations to the food bank.
Ask yourself what Christmas means to you.
What do you want out of this period of time? Do you want to connect with your community? Do you want to feel closer to God? Do you want to pass on family traditions to the next generation? Do you want a period of rest? Do you want to focus more on giving?
What does Christmas mean to you? Remind yourself of your answer every day so you spend your time during the holidays fulfilling that purpose.
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I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, December, or whatever holiday you prefer! Remember to take care of yourself!
Enjoy the season!