Gift shopping. Attending parties. Eating a lot of fantastic food. Baking gingerbread. Yes, Christmas is largely all of those. Christmas equals a lot of responsibility (even if it’s fun!).
But in between wondering what gifts to buy or what icing to put on those biscuits to appeal to others, there’s one person that’s often put on the back-burner during the holiday: yourself.
This Christmas, I invite you to not forget your well-being, and instead ask yourself: “How can I take better care of myself?”
If you’re struggling for answers, don’t worry – that’s what I’m here for! Here are a few self-care tips for you to try out this holiday season:
Spend quality time with a loved one
Whether it’s a friend, a family member or a partner, hanging out with someone you love and care about is one of the best remedies for anything! Sometimes spending time with this person can be hard, with busy schedules and all. This Christmas, try prioritising setting aside some time for you to meet up and catch up, even if it’s for just one coffee. You won’t regret it.
Treat yourself to a self-care package
From scented candles to face masks and cosy socks – what more do you need? Luckily, self-care boxes can be found just about anywhere, both in physical stores and online. They’re simply amazing. Different boxes hold different items, which means there’s definitely a self-care package that will cater to your needs. I find self-care packages to be super uplifting!
Read a book – or two, or three…
With how busy life can get, making time to sit and read can be hard sometimes. I love reading in general, but there’s something about Christmas time that prompts me to get through my to-read pile unusually fast. Maybe it’s to do with the weather. December is so cold and murky, there’s really no better time in the year to clear an afternoon to make tea and read.
Go on. Pick up that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for a few months now, waiting to be read. This is your sign. Who knows, you may even get some inspiration for 2023 out of it.
Go on a long walk
I know I just mentioned how unpleasant December weather can be, but it can be beautiful too! My favourite winter weather is when it’s been snowing and it’s a little misty, but the sun is still shining. It feels incredibly comforting to me. It’s an open request to go outside. Fresh air can do wonders for the mind.
I’d recommend walking to your favourite place if you can. If not, then walk wherever your heart guides you – there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of spontaneity!
Take up journaling
Writing down your thoughts and feelings is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Journaling can be a hard one to pick up for some, as they may not know where to begin, but it’s not as hard as it may seem. Just start by writing about your day: how you felt, what you experienced, and any other thoughts that crossed your mind.
Soon, you’ll find yourself feeling more elevated and lighter. It’s like talking to a friend, only you get to look back on what you’ve written and see how much you’ve changed and evolved!
Enliven your home with aromatherapy
Slice up some tangerines and lemons. Add some cinnamon and cloves. Mix everything together with water, leave to simmer on the hob, and ta-da! Not only will this make your house smell wonderful, but it’ll feel as though Christmas is right at your doorstep. Let the beautiful Christmas aroma guide you to a more tranquil, happy state.
Try a digital detox
In today’s day and age, it’s undoubtedly difficult to unplug from the social media world. But, in case anyone ever thought of trying a digital detox, Christmas might be the best time for it. Not posting every single aspect of your holiday on Instagram or endlessly scrolling through TikTok can help clear your mind and force you to do other things. Especially if you’re behind on your to-do list or New Year’s resolutions!
Do a (holiday) movie marathon
What’s Christmas without all the classics: Love Actually, Elf, Home Alone… Die Hard? There are so many movies to choose from! The list is endless, really.
However, if you’re not a big fan of Christmas movies, then rewatch your favourites. Rewatching my favourite shows or movies always makes me feel at home and comfortable. So curl up in bed with a hot chocolate, and get watching!
There are so many ways you can indulge in self-care this holiday season. Do more of what makes you happy, and take the time to truly listen to your needs. Relax, recharge and reflect.
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