The secret is out! You’ve read about it or seen it all over the place, but it bears repeating. Practicing good self care is the secret sauce to surviving the holidays. It’s the secret sauce to creating an intentional, amazing life after loss!
- Set boundaries: It’s okay to say no to invitations or requests for your time! Don’t be afraid to set limits on how much you take on during the holiday season. One of the most important skills you can learn is how to say no with a smile.
- Take breaks: Don’t feel like you have to do everything at once. Take breaks throughout the day to rest, relax, and recharge. For for a walk. Work a jigsaw puzzle in five minute increments. Find something that brings you joy and allow yourself to indulge for a small period of time to recharge.
- Practice mindfulness: Pay attention to the present moment and try to let go of any stress or worries. You can do this through activities like meditation, deep breathing, or journaling. You can also try one of my favorite activities I call “Give me 5.” Find something to focus on and describe it using each one of your five senses. Not only will it help you become more present focused, but it will also ground you.
- Stay active: Exercise can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Make time for physical activity, whether it’s going for a walk or doing a home workout. If you’re pressed for time, do it in ten minute increments!
- Get enough sleep: It’s important to get enough rest to stay healthy and energized during the busy holiday season. Make sure to get enough sleep each night and try to stick to a consistent sleep schedule. Remember, napping is best kept to 30 minutes!
- Eat well: Don’t let the holiday treats get the best of you. Try to eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water to stay healthy.
- Seek support: If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s okay to reach out to friends, family, or a mental health professional for support. Don’t try to go through the holidays alone if you’re feeling stressed or down.
Learning to implement these self care practices will not only help you get through the holidays, but will make life better for you all year long. Remember, you can do this, and I’m here to help.