Self-care is often overlooked and pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. Especially this year, as stress and uncertainty has taken over a majority of our lives. Nonetheless, self-care is extremely important as it helps encourage maintaining healthy relationships and peace of mind.
With the holiday season among us, stress seems to consume us even more due to the pressures that accompany the holiday season — travel plans, hosting relatives and finding the perfect gifts for all your friends and family. So this year, gift yourself by filling your December calendar with some holiday self-care!
Below is a list of self-care ideas to get you started so you can care for yourself during the holidays and, who knows, maybe you’ll end up picking up some new habits to set you up for success!
Write Yourself a Love Letter
An important aspect of self-care is being kind to yourself and practicing self-love, so start by writing yourself a thoughtful love letter. You can address it to yourself and put it away for when you need a little reminder of just how special you are. List things you love and admire about yourself, no matter how big or small they might be. If you are in need of a place to begin, check out this printable self-love letter to get you started.
Mindful meditation is good for your mental health by boosting your mood, but it’s also good for your physical health by boosting your immune system. In fact, regular meditation undoes damaging effects stress has on our bodies, so try making this a new habit to incorporate into your daily routine. Allot a time each day (even if it’s just a few minutes) for quiet and mindfulness. During this time, focus on your breath and clearing your head of any negativity.
Self Reflection Journaling
A great way to calm the mind after a long stressful day is to journal. Practicing self-reflection journaling can help you set goals for yourself, become more mindful or have a safe place to get things off your mind. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out this free journal entry printable complete with mindful prompts.
Treat Yourself with self-care
Self-care is all about making yourself happy and healthy (physically, mentally and emotionally), so treat yourself to something that lifts your spirits. Whether it’s buying that dress you’ve had your eye on for ages or having an extra slice of pie, do something that is completely for you.
Do Something Nice For Someone Else
Since the holiday season is a time for giving, try doing something nice for someone else, whether it’s volunteering at a local organization, donating to charity or buying a coffee for the person behind you in line at the drive thru. Helping others does so much for our own emotional and mental health so find a way to give to others and make it an act of self-care. Another fun and cute way to brighten someone’s day is by surprising them with one of these punny and positive holiday cards!
Self-care is all about nourishing yourself and making yourself feel good, so do whatever makes you happy! For more ideas, download this 25 days of self-care calendar, complete with 25 treat yourself ideas to wrap up the year and start the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!