Blogmas Day 26: How to practice self care over the holidays

The holidays can definitely be a stressful time. Whether it’s last minute shopping for your Secret Santa, conversations about what you’re going to do with your life at the dinner table, or just the winter blues, it’s easy to stress yourself out. All that’s to say there’s no better time to prioritize self care. I’ve got an older post about 10 ways to practice self care every day, but I wanted to write a new post specifically for the holiday season.

Keep reading for my tips on how to do some great self care while you enjoy the holidays and be sure to leave a comment down below with your tips!

 

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You don’t have to go to every single Christmas party

(and you definitely don’t have to stay the whole time!)

When everybody’s having a holiday party, from your aunts and uncles to your BFFs to your workplace, it can be a little overwhelming. If you’re on the introverted side and parties aren’t your thing, if you’re already overbooked, if you’re worried about where you’re going to get the money for all the hostess gifts, or if you’re all of the above, a bunch of party invitations can be a burden rather than a pleasure. It’s important to remember you don’t have to accept them all!

I always advise people not to overcommit themselves, but that counts during the holidays too. There’s no reason to go to a party you won’t have a good time at, and if you have to go, there’s absolutely no reason to stay longer than just to make an appearance. There’s no need to stress yourself out more than you already are by attending events you don’t want to attend. Instead of going to the office Christmas party you’ve been dreading, stay home and watch a Christmas movie with some hot cocoa. You’ll avoid the stress and get some much needed you-time.

The season of giving doesn’t have to be all about others

One of the best parts of the holiday season is being able to spread kindness and cheer to everyone. It’s so much fun to find the perfect gift for people and to do nice things for the people you care about. However, if you’re a caring, selfless person, it’s really easy to let the holidays become all about everyone else and forget about yourself. When you’re only ever thinking of others, you can get burnt out really fast and then not only will you be miserable, but you won’t be able to bring as much joy to your loved ones anyway.

Doing things for yourself can feel selfish — especially around Christmas — but it’s actually so important. Buy yourself a Christmas present, treat yourself to a nice lunch, or just go to your favorite place and read that book you’ve been meaning to start. All that gift giving and Christmas cheer will still be there when you get back.

 

Santa eats tons of cookies, and he’s doing okay

So much of the holiday season revolves around food and that can be stressful for a lot of people. Whether you’ve struggled with disordered eating or you’re just trying to eat healthily, there’s all sorts of reasons the season’s foods might take a toll on your emotional wellbeing. Be gentle with yourself and remind yourself that this is a season of giving and of forgiving.

If you have a tough food day one day, that doesn’t mean that anything is ruined or that you’re not doing well. One day is one day and even though things can seem more important than ever, it’s important to work on cutting yourself some slack. You wouldn’t say mean things to a family member about what they choose to eat on Christmas, so give yourself that same respect.

 

It doesn’t all have to be perfect

Most important of all, remind yourself that things don’t have to be perfect. That might mean putting a sticky note on your mirror, repeating a mantra to yourself throughout the day, or making a phone wallpaper, but whatever it takes, remind yourself that your best is enough.

You don’t need a Pinterest-worthy Christmas party. If your Christmas cookies burn and stick to the pan it’s not the end of the world. Be kind to yourself and find some tangible way to remind yourself that it’s all going to be okay and you’re doing your best.

 

{How do you prioritize self care over the holidays? Leave a comment below!}