The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but all of the events and festivities can also be downright stressful. It’s easy to forget about taking care of your own mental and physical health when you’re busy shopping for gifts, hosting parties, whipping up treats, and doing everything else that comes with this time of the year.
But the best defense is a good offense, so here’s a quick guide to taking care of yourself this holiday season. Give these suggestions a go and get ready to enjoy everything the holidays have to offer.
Being selfish isn’t always a bad thing, but it can be hard to give yourself permission to include self-care in your holiday routine. Remember, you can’t care for others if you don’t also care for yourself. If you’re feeling run-down, stressed, and exhausted, you won’t be a joy to be around during the holidays.
When life gets busy, as it does during the holidays, planning ahead becomes even more important. To limit stress and avoid feeling overwhelmed, get organized and start breaking your tasks down to the small steps needed to accomplish the bigger task.
If you have a family holiday party to attend, a work event, and a gift exchange with friends in a short period of time, what will it take to get those things done? Get specific with yourself, including about how long things will take, and schedule it all accordingly. This will help you keep your expectations realistic or encourage you to find a smarter way to get something done.
If you’re the one hosting the holiday events, you might feel underappreciated and stretched thin. There’s no harm in asking for help, so don’t be afraid to speak up if you need an extra hand or two managing your holiday obligations.
When you focus on self-care, you’re essentially asking yourself, “What physical and emotional needs must I meet to feel happy and content?” When you answer this question truthfully, you will have the power to create your own happiness routine.
That routine might include taking a walk before sitting down to journal and enjoy a cup of hot tea. It could include calling a family member or friend, doing yoga, going for a run, or anything else that helps you feel calm and satisfied. Everyone’s routine will look different, but it’s important to identify what helps you be the best version of yourself.
Many of these additional tips about recovering from stress after the holiday season apply to every other season, too: