Self-care tips for the holidays
The zoom Christmas parties are over (or nearly over!) and you are on a countdown to the Christmas holidays. This is often a time that is busy, can be overwhelming and right now may be tougher than any other previous Christmas.
Here are five tips to get you through the next few weeks and to start the New Year rested and taking care of your wellbeing.
It may seem impossible with so much going on to find time for you, however brief moments of quiet will help you think better and manage what’s going on around you. Whether you have a cup of tea by yourself or spend time meditating or doing breathing exercises, carve out that time each day. Having five minutes without noise or interruption will help you recharge.
Get some time in nature
A walk in the woods or in the local park will lift your mood and help with your well-being. Even though it’s cold, taking time in nature for a short walk can make a huge difference to your day.
Create good habits
Getting enough exercise, having good quality sleep, getting your five-a-day and remembering to drink plenty of water are great habits to cultivate and to keep up during this time. Often, we’re eating and drinking things we wouldn’t normally do day-to-day - look after your body!
Put yourself first
It’s okay to look after you, it’s okay to make sure that you are filled before you give to others. If you’re not taking care of you it is hard to take care of everybody else! That may mean putting boundaries in place and saying ‘no’ to situations and people.
Do things that you enjoy and be with people that you really want to spend time with or by yourself! Many people are off work around this time of year and it is at a great excuse to get some friends together (online or outside) and do things that you love or make memories with your family.
By spending some time taking care of yourself now, you can start the New Year with energy and purpose.