Eight Self-Care Tips During The Holidays

December 11, 2018 - Posted by Joanna

For some, the holidays can be a joyful yet stressful time. There's cooking, cleaning, shopping, parties, family and EXPECTATIONS. Oh, the expectations! Everything HAS to be perfect: the decorations, the food, the gifts, the attire, the picture, lest we become victims to the judge-y individuals.

One of my favorite videos that pokes fun at some of this is called Company is Coming by Gayle.

Do you know what I say? Who cares what they think! The holidays are supposed to be a great time spent with family and friends, giving to others, and remembering the "reason for the season".

Take time to practice some self-care this holiday season with the following tips.

  1. KISS--Keep It Simple, Silly. Some of the best advice I received about hosting parties was to do whatever you need to do to make it easier for yourself. Priceless advice.
  2. Ask for help--delegate. People like to help, they really do. All you have to do is ask.
  3. Get some Sleep! Don't be up all night searching Amazon for the perfect gift. You'll just be cranky in the morning and it can become a vicious cycle.
  4. Don't wait until the last minute. This is tough for some, but it really makes a big difference. If there is any time to make a "To Do" list, now is the time.
  5. Take some time for yourself. Do you want to know how I like to de-stress? Watching funny animal videos. You (and my husband) may think it's silly, but I love them. For you this may mean exercise, reading, massage therapy, go see a move, etc. 
  6. Watch the sugar. There are copious amounts of sugary treats this time of year. An overabundance can lead to a lot of things, specifically changes in mood ("sugar high" followed by a "sugar crash.")
  7. Be mindful of alcohol, too. Find a balance. Intentionally drinking in excess rarely leads to positive outcomes. Did you ever see The Internship? How many of us wish the fictitious app that guards against reckless phone usage while intoxicated was real? There are actually similar apps out there that exist!
  8. Seek support if needed. Sometimes, the holidays have stressful family dynamics or grief over loved ones who are no longer with us. It can be a painful reminder and it can be hard. But you're probably not alone. Find comfort in others. 

It all happens in the blink of an eye. Don't let this holiday season be a stressful or burdensome time for you--you deserve to experience the joy of the season, too!

As a reminder, if you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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