The holidays can be a stressful time. From looking for the perfect gift from everyone in your family, to making sure the house is decorated, and keeping up with all your normal obligations, this time of year can be overwhelming.
To make sure that you can enjoy the special time of this season, here are 5 tips to take care of YOU.
1. Carve out time for yourself
Taking just 5 minutes in the day to make time for the things that you enjoy can make the world of difference. Whether it’s lingering a little longer over a cup of coffee or cocoa, doing yoga, journaling, or taking the time to call your best friend, dedicated time to yourself is important.
2. Indulge in the cheesy parts
The holidays can be a time of child-like wonderment, so let yourself get lost in it! Buy the little trinket you’ve had your eye on, put out the lights you like the best even if others say they’re tacky, or find the perfect peppermint treat to snack on. This time of year is the perfect time to remember what felt magical to you as a kid.
3. It’s okay to say “no”
This time of year comes with gift exchanges, holiday parties, and family coming into town. More social obligations than normal can drain your social battery, so don’t feel pressured to say yes to everything. By making sure that you are committing to what you can handle will allow you to show up as the best version of yourself for your loved ones.
4. Let go of the idea of perfect
It’s easy to get caught up in creating the perfect, Instagram worthy holiday, but this can cause more stress than is needed. Instead of chasing the unattainable, focus on the love and memories you’re making. In a few years, any mishap will just be a good story anyway!
5. Keep track of what you’re grateful for
Instead of focusing all your energy on everything that needs to get done, try to redirect some of it to the positive parts of the season. Keep a daily journal of what you’re grateful for, start a note in your phone for when you notice kindness, or ask your family to all share one thing they’re grateful for at the end of the day. Without taking time out of your day, your outlook can change dramatically.
Taking care of yourself is always important, so make sure to gift yourself the love and compassion you deserve this season. Intentionally taking the time to take care of yourself will help you make this holiday season one of the best yet, for you and the ones you love.
This article was written exclusively for Love What Matters by Anna Steingruber. Join the Love What Matters family and subscribe to our newsletter.
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