One of the challenges of the Holiday Season is that we often lose sight of caring for ourselves. When we try to make everyone happy and everything perfect, our energy gets zapped. When we’re low on energy, it’s easy to get dragged around by our inner critic and other people’s agendas. In this article you will find supportive holiday self-care tips so you can slay your anxiety and get the most enjoyment out of the days ahead.
Carve Out Moments for Self-Care
If the holidays have you stressed and on the run, create 15-30 minutes each day to quietly do something you enjoy. If you have guests coming to stay with you, plan to get up a bit earlier than everyone else and read or sip your favorite tea by the tree. Suggest a walk during the day, or have an early night and listen to a guided relaxation in bed.
During this busy time, carve out small amounts of time to balance out the energy you are giving away. Enjoy a warm bath, do some inspirational reading, play some music that helps you feel calm and happy, fill your home with fragrances that you find relaxing or uplifting.
Protect Your Energy
Extroverts get a positive energetic charge from social gatherings. Introverts can find it draining to be with people for long periods of time. Many introverts say social gatherings make them nervous or anxious.
If you have a busy social holiday schedule ahead of you, and you fall into the introvert or anxious category, you’ll want to get clear about how you prefer to best care for yourself. Do you need some alone time, or a walk? Give this some thought and allow yourself some space when you need it.
Taking a walk after a big mealtime gathering allows for space, even if a few people tag along. Being outside will help you digest your meal and clear your head. It’s easy to lose track of time over the holidays and miss out on fresh air and natural daylight, both of which are essential to feeling healthy and energized.
Keep Warm and Nourished
Hot spiced apple cider and herbal teas will keep you warm and hydrated without the stress to your nervous system that coffee and alcohol bring. Make sure you get enough lean protein and nutritious greens each day along with all of your favorite holiday pies, cookies and traditional meals.
Free Yourself from Expectations
You can plan meals and social time to an extent, but holidays are much easier if you can let them unfold naturally. You can’t control the opinions, moods or priorities of others. Set an intention to enjoy your family and friends. Then show up as yourself, and the rest of the experience will play out as it will.
Remember to Breathe
Practice being aware of your body and tension levels. If you notice yourself feeling overwhelmed by noise, crowds, family excitement, etc., make a conscious act of dropping your shoulders and exhaling slowly. Then take a couple of minutes to take some slow deep breaths, no one will notice, and you will feel more relaxed.
You can slay your anxiety during the holiday season by carving out moments for self-care, protecting your personal energy, staying well nourished, freeing yourself from expectations and remembering to breathe.
Wishing you the very best of moments and memory-making this holiday season.