It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
But it’s also a time of year when we can end up pushing ourselves and our needs to the bottom of the pile. And it’s so easy to end up stressed out and overwhelmed over Christmas when you’re running around trying to get everything done and make the whole thing as magical as possible for your children.
So make a point of taking care of yourself this Christmas.
If you’re not sure where to start with doing that, then I’ve got 5 self care ideas here to see you through the festive season.
1. Focus on what you can give
Maybe it’s a bit strange to talk about giving in terms of self-care, but if you find the holidays a hard time of year then shifting your focus on what you can do for others can be a really useful strategy.
This doesn’t mean go crazy buying and giving presents to everyone you know.
It’s more about focusing on giving your time. Pop round and have a chat with a lonely neighbour. Offer to watch a friend’s child for a few hours so they can wrap presents in peace. Give someone a hand if you see them struggling with opening doors with full hands in town.
Studies have shown over and over again that when we do good things for other people, we feel good ourselves.
2. Get out in the fresh air
As tempting as it is to stay cosy indoors with non-stop Christmas films on the TV and a tub of Quality Street by your side, you’l feel so much better if you get out in the fresh air regularly through the holidays.
Wrap up warm and go for a walk on the beach or through your favourite park. Pay attention to the sounds you can hear, the sensation of the cold air on your cheeks and the smells of a crisp winter day.
3. Make time for down time
On the flip side of that, make sure that you do schedule in some time for just chilling out at home.
Whether it’s watching the latest Christmas Prince movie on Netflix, soaking in a hot bath or reading a book with a mulled wine, make sure you take time to do what YOU want to do. And really enjoy it when you do, no guilt allowed here.
4. Take time off from social media
One of the best things you can do for your mental health and wellbeing over Christmas is stop scrolling social media.
It’s too easy to see other people’s carefully curated highlight reels and start to believe that your Christmas just won’t match up. So step back. Stop scrolling. Stop comparing.
5. Enjoy a few early nights
Over the Christmas break there is so much going on it can be hard to keep to any kind of normal routine.
But make a point of getting in to bed nice and early a few nights a week.
Create a relaxing routine that works for you and stick with it. It might be having a warm bath then getting into bed with a hot water bottle and a good book. You might want to spend a few minutes to write down a few things from each day that you’re grateful for.
You’ll feel so much better than if you let yourself stay up late every night over Christmas.
How are you planning on taking care of yourself this Christmas?
I hope this post has given you some ideas along with a reminder to put yourself back to the top of your list of things you need to take care of.