Christmas is a crazy time of the year! While the holiday season is amazing, and a wonderful time to unwind, spend time with loved ones, celebrate, and all that, it can be a particularly busy and stressful time of the year.
There is always so much activity around Christmas that we could end up being exhausted, drained, and worn out. It is crucial to prioritize self care given all the stress that the holidays bring.
And so, today, I’ll be sharing some self care tips to practice at Christmas! Below are some self care tips to practice at Christmas.
Ever heard the statement “a cluttered environment leads to a cluttered mind?” Guess what? That statement is completely true and has no lie attached to it. During Christmas, it can be so easy to end up with clutter, everything lying around everywhere, and a pile of wanted and unwanted materials.
However, studies have shown that clutter can mess up your mental health and even lead to stress and anxiety. This is where decluttering comes in. Decluttering simply means getting rid of clutter.
It’s amazing how much decluttering can do for you from reducing stress and anxiety to even boosting productivity. Decluttering is a fantastic place to start if you’re planning to incorporate self-care into your holiday plans. Here’s a guide to decluttering at Christmas.
2. practice gratitude
One thing a lot of people don’t realize is that practicing gratitude is a huge form of self care. Practicing gratitude never goes out of style. There is never a lack of things to be grateful for, we just have to look hard enough to find them.
Many of us don’t regularly engage in acts of gratitude and this isn’t the best. It’s crucial to regularly express gratitude. Keep in mind that practicing gratitude doesn’t mean that your life is perfect and there are no issues.
Practicing gratitude just has to do with being thankful and appreciative of everything in your life. It is important to practice gratitude both in good and bad times. Irrespective of the curveballs and challenges life may have thrown at you, there are tons of things to be grateful for.
Incorporating gratitude into your life will make you feel happier, reduce the tendency of depression, reduce anxiety, and even improve your physical health. This Christmas, make it compulsory to practice gratitude. Just be thankful and see how happier you’ll be.
If you are finding it difficult to think of what to be grateful for this Christmas, this post (7 things to be grateful for this Christmas) is a great way to start!
3. ditch the technology
I think a lot of us are guilty of spending so much time on our phones so much that sometimes we get too focused on social media and the happenings around it that we forget how important it is to focus on the moment and live in the present.
Also, some of the anxiety we get during the holidays can be due to social media. Seeing other people’s “perfect” Christmas may pressure you into wanting to have a perfect Christmas as well.
And that pressure to have a perfect Christmas may end up making you stressed and exhausted.
During this holiday season, reduce your use of social media. Spend your time doing something more worthwhile than just scrolling aimlessly on social media.
4. create time for you
Christmas can get so busy to the point where you hardly have time for you. But, in order for you to thrive the most and be your best self, you need to set aside “you time“. No amount of you time is too small.
Spending time with yourself is not selfish and you time is extremely important as it can help you relax, practice gratitude and it can even improve your mood.
This Christmas, try to make time for you. You matter! Also, you don’t have to do anything extra while spending time with yourself. You can:
- Read a book.
- Watch a movie all by yourself.
- Reminisce the good times and think about the positives.
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5. treat yourself
Self care isn’t only about the mental and emotional stuff. It’s about the physical things too. If you love pizzas, go out and get yourself an extra large pizza. Spoil yourself with the things you love.
Treating yourself doesn’t have to be anything extra. It can be as simple as getting yourself that dress you’ve always wanted. Treating yourself is a way of practicing self care!
6. get as much rest as possible
Christmas is always a busy period and you might be in for a breakdown if you don’t find time to rest and unwind.
As much as you may want to get involved in Christmas and everthing that comes with it, it is very important to rest.
7. take care of your body
During Christmas, a lot of us tend to neglect our body. Make this Christmas a little different, take a walk, eat well, eat healthy, sleep, excercise, stay hydrated and take care of your body as much as you can.
8. forgive yourself
A lot of people find it difficult to forgive themselves. The reason why we forgive other people so easily but find it difficult to forgive our own selves is something I would never understand.
A lot of us haven’t forgiven ourselves for mistakes we made in the past. This Christmas, forgive yourself completely. Let go.
Everyone makes mistakes and no one is perfect. You deserve forgiveness too.
Here you have self care tips to practice this Christmas. These self care tips will help you have fun as well as be more intentional with yourself during Christmas.
This Christmas, remember to take a pause, reflect, and engage in self-care.
Which of these self care tips for Christmas do you already use? Which of these self care tips for Christmas would you practice this Christmas? Let me know in the comments!