Holidays: A time for celebration, togetherness, and self-care

During the holiday season you most likely will find yourself with a lot of time on your hands. Although routines are important, they can create stress and boredom, especially during a time when time is ample. By taking some of that time to do some productive self-care you have the potential for seeing great improvement in your overall mental and physical health. This holiday season is a perfect time to take a step back from the business of life, and take time for you. This may seem impossible, especially if you have a family, but it’s still important to think about your own mental and physical health during this holiday season!

There are different types of self-care depending on what you need. One aspect of self-care is getting your body moving. Here are some ideas:

  • Simple stretches to activate your body
  • Ride your bike around your neighborhood
  • Look up a dance video and learn the moves
  • Go on a walk around a local park (great for families!)
  • Do an at home workout video
  • Sign up for a gym membership

Doing something productive doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get moving (although that is a good idea!), it could also look something like this:

  • Take a break from social media (This could even include rewarding yourself at the end of the day with social media after having a productive day)
  • Unfollow/unfriend negative social media accounts
  • Turn off electronics
  • Put away all technology an hour before bed (This will help you settle down and have a better nights sleep)

In addition, self-care can look like starting a new hobby that you’ve always wanted to try. This can be things like:

  • Learning how to paint (This can include a paint by number)
  • Writing a short story (Or a book if you are feeling ambitious!)
  • Start journaling
  • Read a series you’ve always wanted to read
  • Color in an adult coloring book
  • Learn to cook/bake

The last form of self-care that I will mention that can be done during the holiday season is social. This includes:

  • Invite friends to lunch (could be going out or showing off your new found cooking skills!)
  • Call a family member you haven’t talked to for a while
  • Volunteer for a cause you support
  • Send someone a letter
  • Do something nice for someone you know or don’t know

All of the things mentioned above are great ways to spend your time a little more productively during the holiday season. It allows you to take time for you, and will help to improve your overall health. It doesn’t have to be a big change, all that matters is you taking time to do something you enjoy and taking a break from the stressful things around you. I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday season!

Happy self-care!

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