Holidays are chaotic, what with so many things going on and so much to be done in such a short amount of time! It’s important to take time for yourself to relax and reset. Self-care should never take a backseat to everything else. You need to take time for you, especially when things are crazy and busy! Here are some ideas:
#1: Pace yourself!
Number one on this list is to take your time and do not rush. Rushing only makes things more chaotic and stressful! So whenever you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember to slow down! One thing at a time! Also, when we are feeling overwhelmed and rushed, we often take longer to get done anyway because we end up making more mistakes. Pace yourself with all you have to get done. Whatever isn’t vitally important sometimes needs to be forgotten as well.
#2: Take time for morning self-care activities
In the mornings, especially on the busy days, take the time to do things that help you feel more focused and ready to tackle the day. It may help you to feel more relaxed throughout the rest of the day as well because you took the time to take care of yourself before taking care of everything else! Just a few weeks ago, I wrote this blog post on the topic: My Morning Self-Care Routine (That Sets Me Up for Success). I wrote about the top activities I do in the morning to practice self-care, which in turn helped me to have more successful and less overwhelming days!
#3: Plan ahead
When we plan ahead as much as we can, without going crazy of course, we also help set ourselves up for a successful day. Plan things out so that you have time set aside for each of the various tasks and projects you need to tackle that day, but especially the most important ones. It will help you feel more organized and less hectic!
#4: Do things that are fun and relaxing to you
Find things to do that are fun and relaxing for you each day. What things do you find fun, enjoyable, and relaxing that you could make time for in your days? Reading a book, listening to upbeat music and maybe even doing some dancing while you do so, watching a movie, going out as a family to do something fun, or whatever makes you feel good! This will help lower your stress levels and help you feel more content!
#5: Spend some time meditating
Whether you actually put to practice real meditation, or do your own version of it like I do, take the time to give your mind a break from all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays by meditating. Sit down somewhere, hopefully a quiet space, and meditate however works for you. Sometimes I focus on counting my breaths, breathing slowly and counting each inhale and exhale. Other times I may stare into space and let my mind wander over things that are of little significance to give my mind a break from all the big, important things.
#6: Take a long, refreshing shower
If you can, as I know this isn’t an option for everyone, take a long refreshing shower to help you reset. I have found that taking a long, hot shower helps me relax and clear my mind. It’s like a mini vacation right inside of my own home!
#7: Fit in some exercise!
Physical activity is a great way to give your mind a break from all of the holiday busyness as well. You also get a wonderful rush of endorphins and can feel oh so satisfied after pushing your body to its limits! So go for a walk, take a run, do a workout video if you can’t get outside, or make a visit to the gym. It’s all good for your body and mind!
#8: Run and hide!
When you really need to step away, when things are too crazy, go somewhere to hide from it all for a few minutes. Take a breather as needed and collect yourself. The bathroom can be a good place, most of the time. Although if your a human or pet-parent, they may follow you! Go outside for a second and breathe in some fresh air. If it’s cold air, sometimes that helps you wake up and refocus too so it has an added bonus! If there’s nowhere to go to get away, put some earphones in your ears and listen to a few minutes of relaxing music.
What are your favorite ways to relax, or take time for yourself during the holidays?