The Holiday Season. The most wonderful time of the year for some, not so wonderful for others, and a mixture of both for many. A time of joy, cheer, laughter, and renewal can also bring with it stress, loneliness, isolation, fatigue, and grief. The most important way to enjoy the celebration and not get sucked in by the woes and madness is to be intentional about taking care of yourself — mind, body, and spirit. Creating a Holiday Self-Care Plan in advance is one of the most effective ways to do that. Below are some ideas for each domain of your self-care plan.
Set goals for the week
Plan something to look forward to
Take a class
Treat yourself to something that you enjoy
Keep a Gratitude List
Step out of the box – try something that you’re afraid to do and record how it makes you feel
Do a brain dump
Speak positive, encouraging, and lovingly to yourself
Identify a recent situation that didn’t go well and name 3 positive insights that you gained from it
Write down 5 of your dreams (goals) that have yet to come true
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Let go of perfection and see what happens
List 3 things about yourself that turn people off. Now describe how it positively connects you to other people.
Imagine your ideal day. Now identify 3 changes you need to make in order to move closer to that vision.
Take a dance class
Make one small change to your eating habits each week
Get as much sun as you can (especially during the fall and winter months)
Take a nap
Diffuse essential oils
Give someone a hug
Take a warm bath with relaxing tunes playing
Reconnect with a family member or an old friend
Find things that you’re passionate about
Give to a charity
Connect and/or reconnect with God
Ask for help
Have a virtual lunch date with a faraway friend or family member
Exercise your right to say no
Don’t compare yourself to others — focus on being you
Identify the things that you worship. Now identify the things that you would prefer to worship
Immerse yourself in a fun activity without being interrupted
You can check out other tips on Self-Care During The Holidays in this month’s grab & go! You don’t want to miss it!