The holiday season is in full swing. There’s holiday parties, shopping for presents, decorating the house, family commitments etc. It’s certainly a busy time of year… Which makes it easy to neglect ourselves and our well-being. Self-care, especially during the holiday season is incredibly valuable. We list our tips to prioritize yourself this holiday season.
#1: Stay hydrated
It’s important to make sure you’re drinking enough water especially if you live in a cold climate during the holiday season. You’re more likely to catch a cold or get the flu if you’re not drinking enough liquids. But remember, liquids such as caffeine and alcohol have the opposite effect of making us more dehydrated. After a weekend or night out, I make sure to drink hot lemon water the next morning to detox my body. I also make sure to drink water in addition to other liquids.
#2: Get enough sleep
The holiday season usually means a significantly higher number of outings with friends, family and/or co-workers. It could also mean more late nights so listen to your body and pay attention to your physical needs. If you find yourself feeling exhausted, go to bed earlier or sleep in for an extra hour on the weekends. Take care of yourself so you can keep enjoying your holiday season.
#3: Schedule self-care time
Self-care time is crucial to allow ourselves to de-stress. We like to schedule a low-key weekend for self-care. When we schedule a low-key weekend, we are prioritizing ourselves and our mental well-being. You could use that time to go have a run, spend some time colouring or meal prep. When you schedule self-care time, you’re making sure that you won’t be burnt out by the end of the holiday season.
If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed by all the tasks you have to complete, there’s no shame in asking for help. For example, if you’re planning a holiday party, ask some of your family or friends to assist in ways that play to their strengths. If your mother is a great cook, ask her if she’s able to bring a dish. It’ll alleviate your stress level and our loved ones are likely to be more than willing to help out.