Take time to slow down this holiday and practice self-care with these 3 simple ways to unwind.
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SELF-CARE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
I don’t know about you, but I’m struggling this holiday season. This year has been one big disappointment to many of us. We had big events planned (like my 15th anniversary trip) that had to be canceled, missed milestones (like my kids attending their only year of school together) and more anxiety than we’ve ever wanted.
Lately, my anxiety has been through the roof. I’m trying my best to create an atmosphere of joyfulness and Christmas cheer, while battling the sadness of not seeing friends and family on top of the loneliness that comes with days on end at home.
I’ve been here before, and I know that it can lead to a downward spiral very quickly. I feel myself slipping back into survival mode, that feeling of wishing you could just skip over the next few months to when this is all over. But I’m reminded that today is just as important as those future tomorrows when my kids ask me for cuddles or help with breakfast.
If I don’t take the initiative to make time to check in with myself, I can easily go back into despair and self-pity. Here are 3 ways you can turn your day around and practice self-care in a way that energizes and motivates you this holiday.
3 WAYS TO PRACTICE SELF-CARE
1. SET A MORNING ROUTINE
This may be the hardest one on the list, but I promise it’s the most effective. The way you start your morning ripples down to how the rest of the day’s going to go. I used sleep in until the last possible moment, and usually ended up grumpy and reactive to everything around me. The kids need this, we’re running late for that…
But by waking earlier (and I seem to want to get up earlier than ever now that I see the benefits of my quiet time), you can be proactive—planning for the day’s emotions instead of reacting to them.
Set the tone for your day and your mind by trying out one of these:
2. DO SOMETHING RELAXING WITH OTHERS
It’s difficult not being around others this year. Unfortunately, marriages are suffering and child abuse has risen at an alarming rate. However, it’s not good for us to push others away and hide out by ourselves either. We need connection and community to thrive.
Switch gears from seeing each day as a repeat of the last and think of something fun you can do together. Lately, our family games seem to end in frustration because no one knows whose turn it is or someone keeps falling out of their chair…
Here are a few things you can do together that will cut down on the anxiety:
- Teach your kids something you learned when you were a kid, like making friendship bracelets or paper airplanes
- Bake something yummy together
- Set out a puzzle and work on it throughout the week
- Work through this Winter Bucket List
3. WIND DOWN AT NIGHT
This is where many of us start to lose it. We’re exhausted from the day, and bedtime routines are the last thing we want to implement. Our kids are whiny, the kitchen is messy, and the trash is piling up.
If we have nothing to look forward to, this time can be miserable. Don’t just crash after the kids are in bed, take some time for yourself before your head hits the pillow to calm your mind. Here are a few ways:
- Read a relaxing book in the bath
- Have an at-home date night with your spouse
- Write in a gratitude journal
- Watch an uplifting movie
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Do the best you can to set aside some time each day to have just for you. Whether it’s waking early, staying up late, a drive in the car, or an afternoon walk—put down the phone, and be present in the moment. Practice some self-care this holiday!
For more posts on self-care, read:
- 21 Apps To Help You Practice Mindfulness
- What Is Mindfulness and How to Start Using it Today
- 5 Types of Journals for Women
- How to Meditate
- Why You Need to Discover Your Hobby
You’ve got this!
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