Will You Add Self-Care to Your List and Check it Twice?
This is a guest post by Cori Leigh Mann
The holiday season is here and it’s an exciting time of year! We decorate our homes with care. Fill up our schedules to celebrate the season with family, friends, and colleagues. In the spirit of giving we’ll buy gifts for the little ones who are dear to our hearts and other special people on our shopping list. Everything looks so pretty and ready for a joyous Christmas!
It’s also a very busy time of year and not so joyous for many people worldwide. Increased stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and sickness threaten to take the joy out of Christmas. For those who have lost a loved one and those feeling lonely, the holidays prove to be especially challenging.
Many are left to wonder how they’ll find the energy and time necessary to accomplish all the Christmas things to do. The importance of self – care can and often does slip to the bottom of our to-do lists. Implementing self-care into our daily priorities may frequently seem impossible to accomplish.
For a long time, Christmas was a stressful season for me and wasn’t filled with the right amount of joy and peace. Christmas had become a pressure rather than a pleasure. While raising my 2 daughters I was a single mother for many years. It was often difficult for me to keep up with everything on my own.
During this time I found the extra expenses to be a challenge. There wasn’t much money to work with. I remember getting sick more than usual during December. I failed to take adequate care of my own needs and succeeded in creating more stress and anxiety.
Everything changed when I began to make it a priority to put self-care at the top of my Christmas list. The positive benefits were life changing not only during the holidays but throughout the year.
In this post, I provide suggestions to help you give yourself the gift of self-care this year.
1. The gift of simplifying your Christmas.
This is the best gift you can give to yourself and your loved ones!
We all want to make Christmas a beautiful and a memorable time for all the special people who are the closest to our hearts. When we overextend ourselves physically, emotionally, and financially we end up with a Santa sack filled to the brim with stress!
Simplifying your Christmas to make it manageable will definitely decrease stress and prevent burnout. You’ll be free to enjoy the beauty of the season with family and friends.
2. Optimize your health with an immune boosting recipe.
When we hear of Christmas recipes our minds immediately think of cooking and baking.
What about the focus being your own health for the holidays?
Why not try this immune boosting recipe?
- 7 days a week of proper sleep most people need 8 hours a night.
- 3 healthy meals a day with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- A daily dose of vitamins to ensure you get enough immune-boosting nutrients.
- Prayer and meditation before bed each night to surrender the stressors and burdens of the day.
- If possible a nap to refuel your energies and renew your strength.
Mix it up together and apply daily to your self-care routine. Guaranteed to boost your immunities and improve general health. Ensuring a happy, joyful, and peaceful holiday season!
3. Sprinkle your day with the comfort of healing solitude.
You may be asking yourself how you can find the time to add this part to your daily routine. Making time for you is an intentional decision that requires your commitment.
I promise you are worth it and will enjoy the benefits!
For me, it was a necessary step as I suffered from general anxiety and panic attacks for many years. All of which made it difficult for me to remain in the present moment. Here are a few tips to help you get started;
- Go somewhere by yourself where you can clear your mind, body, and spirit.
- Lie down if possible in your bedroom and just close your eyes. Enjoy the silence of the moment.
- Avoid thinking of all the things you need to do and just focus on the present moment.
- It doesn’t need to be a long time. Even 15-30 minutes is the gift your mind and body needs.
- Stopping the busyness of life for a short time goes a long way to re-energizing the mind.
- Make it a healing time to help with the thoughts that may be overwhelming you.
- Journaling helps to decrease stress, anxiety, and overburdened heart.
Anxiety: How Journal Writing Helps by Judy Herman
When we’re under stress there is a tendency to breathe improperly. This can actually trigger a fight or flight response increasing our stress levels. Learning relaxation breathing (a.k.a belly breathing) to calm stress and anxiety is so beneficial! You’ll breathe better throughout the day too!
How to do relaxation breathing
4. Season your self-care routine with a little pampering.
It could be a hot bath by candlelight with a good book to read. Or maybe it’s a trip to the salon for an ultimate pampering experience. I love treating myself in the evening with an aromatherapy candle, a good book, and a cup of hot cinnamon tea! Even my little dog loves the relaxing atmosphere and is often lying beside me curled up peacefully! Do this and you’ll sleep like a baby!
What do you like to do when pampering yourself? Let us know in the comments below.
Further Reading: You may also enjoy Nicole’s post about 5 Ways to Be Well in Spite of Holiday Eating.
May the holidays this year be filled with abundant blessings, happiness, peace, health, joy, and of course self – care!
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Join the conversation;
Will you add yourself to your Christmas list this year and check it twice?
What is one favorite self-care routine you do especially during this festive season?
How do you to decrease Christmas stress and stay healthy throughout the holidays?
Cori is a mom to 2 grown daughters and grandmother to 2 grandchildren. She is a writer, blogger, and an advocate for those living with anxiety disorders.
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