‘Tis the season for friends, family, DIY projects, baking, gifting, parties… and stress. It’s easy to lose sight of yourself during all the holiday hustle and bustle– and yet, of course, when we deprive ourselves of alone time, we always seem to add to the anxiety!
It always seems impossible to make time for yourself during the other 11 months of the year– so obviously December is going to be even more of a challenge. But for self-love, confidence, and sanity purposes, finding time to love on yourself this month is a must! While everyone obviously craves different ways of being alone, here are 10 lovely ways to treat yourself this holiday season–>
Start a craft project.
I know– this seems counterproductive. I’m overwhelmed with holiday gifts and cards and baking, I don’t need another project! But picking up something small and mindless gives you an excuse to zone out while also keeping busy. Working with your hands is calming– and perhaps when people see you occupied, they’ll be more likely to leave you alone. Bonus? If you don’t finish the project before the new year, you can put it aside until next December!
Set a timer for 10 minutes and sing in the shower.
Yes, we should conserve water as often as we can. But once a week, throw caution to the wind and allow yourself to soak in a hot shower as long as you dare. Put on your most soothing playlist on your iPod and let the mirror steam up.
Make exercise a priority.
It can be as simple as throwing on a pair of shoes and jogging for 20 minutes or making yoga class a priority, but getting in your exercise– 3 times a week!– is the best way to de-stress and feel like a Wonder Woman (super crucial for dominating every holiday to-do on your list).
Sneak yourself a present.
See all those presents beginning to pile up under the tree? Knowing what’s under there can kind of be a buzzkill when you know all the amazing gifts you’ve been stocking up on aren’t for you. So why not sneak yourself a gift– properly wrapped and tied nicely with a bow? Yes, you’ll know what it is, but stamping a “Do not open until December 25th” note on it will help you cherish your treat even more.
For heaven’s sake– drink as much water as you possibly can. All month long. Being inside heated buildings and running around in the cold wind dries you out and makes you feel nasty. Keeping yourself hydrated is the best way to keep a little bounce in your step and evens out all the delicious holiday drinks you’ll be sipping on. I tend to get headaches all winter long– and chugging water for hours on end keeps me happy. Try it!
Do some holiday errands solo.
It’s nice to have help when you have a massive list of gifts or decor to purchase. But sometimes big group shopping trips– or even a trip with your partner– ends up being a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. Carve out a trip that is easy for you to do on your own and allow yourself to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays on your own. You’ll appreciate the season so much more.
Forget your normal cup o’joe and splurge on a sweet treat.
Don’t give a thought about calorie-counting. Spice up your morning with a special drink. No– don’t turn up your nose at a pumpkin spice latte or a Mexican hot chocolate. Once in awhile, it’s nicer than an Americano or unsweetened drip coffee. It will make your day so much better, I promise.
Give the gift of compliments.
There’s no quicker way to feel good than to make someone else feel good. Set an alarm on your phone for random times during the month and when it goes off, give the person nearest you a heartfelt compliment. Their smile or gratitude will be the best part of your day.
Throw some makeup on– especially on a sweatpants day.
We all have those days when we can’t get out of comfy clothes– and that’s okay. Tis the season to embrace it! But I always find comfy clothes so much more relaxing when I don’t look like a total slob. Baggy eyes and baggy pants aren’t the chicest look. A bit of foundation and some eye shadow will make your relaxation just a bit more spa-like.
Indulge in one thing.
Make one week your chocolate week; one week your sparkly clothes week; one week your red wine week; one week your obnoxiously loud holiday music week. It’s okay to indulge during this season– and while you don’t want to beat yourself up for overdoing it, keeping it in small doses is the best way to milk every day of the holidays!
How do you relax during the holidays? What’s your favorite way to self-love?
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