Among the abundant list of responsibilities and events that you have to keep track of this holiday season, there’s always one important thing that seems to fall to the bottom of the list: self-care. Perhaps you’ve already ambitiously scheduled plenty of “me time” into your schedule, or maybe you’re not sure where to start. However, regardless of where you fall on the scale, know that self-care doesn’t always have to be glamorous or expensive. In fact, this holiday season, we’re choosing to focus on the simpler things that will keep us down to earth — and away from stress.
Mini Yoga Sessions
Before you roll your eyes at the suggestion of more exercise during the holiday season, hear us out on the benefits of a simple yoga session! One of the beautiful things about this energizing practice is that it doesn’t have to be a considerable time investment for an immediate payoff. You may notice increased productivity or mindfulness throughout your day with even 10-20 minutes of simple yoga techniques from your morning. That means that if you set the alarm just a few minutes earlier, you may be able to awaken more than just your muscles for the day ahead — your mind will equally feel more equipped for your long list of tasks!
Realistically Putting the phone down for a day or two is a dream for all of us, but the practice of fully “unplugging” can feel unrealistic or daunting with so much housed on our little devices. Still, we know that it’s good for us to say goodbye to endless scrolling every now and then — it’s just hard to strike a healthy balance. And unplugging during the holidays is all the more important when we’re inundated with invites, to-do lists, and events that keep our schedule endlessly busy. Rather than jump into logging off permanently (which, let’s face it, is not happening overnight for most), we recommend starting small and granting yourself even a couple hours a week of intentional no-phone time.
Indulge in Small Comforts
“Self-care” may come with the preconceived image of luxurious baths and a bed adorned with rose petals, but it doesn’t have to be so dramatic or time-consuming to be effective. For example, investing in a lovely candle with your favorite scent that you know will last you a month’s use may make coming home after a long day’s work more comforting and enticing. Or, even intentionally fluffing a pillow or two before you go to sleep can make a difference in your beauty rest. Sometimes acts of self-care aren’t about dramatic acts of indulgence, but about knowing yourself well enough to creatively treat yourself. Think: what thoughtful small gift or act would you give to a friend in a time of stress (and what if that friend was you)?
Hydration & Herbal Remedies
Seasonal holiday coffee drinks are tempting, but sometimes going for an herbal alternative is a healthy switch that can make a big difference. Of course, staying hydrated in general is an essential self-care must, but we’ve also long been aware of the benefits of herbal teas for centuries. (We know the coffee caffeine boost is tempting, but keep in mind that tea can be just as festive and fun too)! From physical health benefits that keep the body in tip-top shape to simply helping you unwind, tea may be an overlooked but powerful asset to have in your mug at the end of a workday.
It may seem all too simple to repeat some words and watch them take hold of your entire day, but affirmations prove that our thoughts and words really do matter! Stick some affirming phrases on your mirror to view as you start your day, or set them as a reminder on your phone and repeat the ones that resonate with you on a personal level. Perhaps it may feel silly at first to let some simple phrases set the tone for your day, but affirmations are known to keep us peaceful, grounded, and confident — which is just what we need during the holiday season. Research some new ones to keep at your disposal or, even better, keep the practice personal by making up your own!
Ringing in Harmony During the Holidays Granting yourself a small act of kindness or moment of peace can sometimes seem miles away during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Unfortunately, this is usually because we’ve unnecessarily worked up an image of what self-care and indulgence should look like — when really, it’s meant to work for (and not against) you! Whether or not you work these exact practices and ideas into your holiday routine, keep in mind that maintaining your peace doesn’t have to be so complicated. How will you be fostering peace of mind this holiday season?