I’m so excited to share this list of self-care tips for the holidays to help you from being stressed out and overwhelmed this holiday season. Stress can trigger unhealthy coping mechanisms which can lead to MORE STRESS. I want to get back to the basics this Christmas, and be able to truly enjoy my family.
Self-care is a hot topic right now, and I got to chat with my friend Deanna a few weeks ago about what self-care truly looks like. She offered some fabulous advice that I put into daily practice. I’ve seen an improvement in my mental and emotional health in just a short time WITHOUT spending a ton of money or time on what I thought were self-care activities.
Deanna is my friend and neighbor, but also happens to be a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works in private practice in Austin, Texas and offers community workshops in Dripping Springs, Texas. Deanna provides individual and couples counseling to those experiencing anxiety, anger, depression, stress, parenting troubles, and relationship difficulties. She has been in private practice for over five years and in the mental health field for 15 years. The holidays can be stressful, overwhelming, and can trigger unhealthy coping mechanisms for some, so I asked her to create a list of self-care tips for the holidays that I could share with my readers. Many thanks to Deanna Graves, MA, LPC.
Keep Routines and Healthy Habits
During the holiday season, we can lose sight of the routines and healthy habits that we maintain throughout other parts of the year. This can be a workout regimen, healthy eating habits, and good sleep hygiene. When we let go of these healthy habits, we are much more vulnerable to stress. Identify your healthy habits and routines and be intentional about protecting time for them.
Saying Yes Means Saying No
Remember that when we say yes to something that means we are saying no to other things. Saying yes to a late night out and overindulgence can mean saying no to a good night’s sleep and healthy morning routines. Be mindful of how you commit your time and what you might be sacrificing by those commitments.
Prepare for Challenging Family Dynamics
The holidays can mean spending time with loved ones, but it can also mean spending time with people we’ve been hurt by or have a difficult relationship with. Prepare yourself for these interactions by knowing your boundaries: it is okay to leave if you don’t feel comfortable, it is okay to end a conversation you do not want to have, and it is okay to decline attending all together. Consider creating a self-care buddy- a friend you can check in with during and after these events to process your feelings.
So often we stress over buying the right gifts, making things perfect for company, and last minute deadlines at work that we forget to enjoy the moment. Take a time in the morning to breathe and set an intention for the day. This is a small but powerful way to keep focus on what’s most important to you and enjoy the good moments in the present.
Make Space for Grief If You’ve Lost a Loved One
The holidays can often be difficult for those who have lost a loved one. Allow yourself to honor the relationship by setting a place for them at the table or reminiscing on favorite memories. Grief and joy can exist at the same time.
Self-Care Tips for The Holidays
I created this printable if you’d like to keep these self-care tips for the holidays handy. I hope everyone has a very merry and healthy Christmas and holiday season! Stay safe New Year’s Eve and I’ll see you all in 2019. It’s going to be the best year yet!
You might also like tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season which you can find here!
For a list of 20, 20-minute self care ideas go here!