Self-care is often overlooked. Especially this year, as uncertainty and stress has taken over a majority of our lives. Nonetheless, taking care of yourself is very important, as it helps encourage maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself and others.
With the holidays coming up, 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 calendar with some holiday self-care!
Below is a list of ideas that tend to the mind, body and soul so you can get started on your self-care journey.
Self Reflection Journaling
One fantastic way to calm the mind and unwind 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 vent your feelings. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out this free journal entry printable complete with mindful prompts.
Practicing yoga is good for both your body and mind. Even just taking 10 minutes each morning to stretch and perform a few yoga poses is beneficial as this helps relieve anxiety, stress and depression. Not only that, but it boosts your energy levels and overall sense of well-being which is exactly what you deserve during the holidays.
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 love letter. Jot down things you love and admire about yourself, no matter how big or small. If you are in need of a place to begin, check out this printable self-love letter to get you started.
Spend Time Outside
It’s proven that spending time outside reduces stress levels, lowers heart rate and stimulates the immune system. So make sure you take some time to get outside sometime this holiday season, whether it’s for a hike in nature, morning jog or brisk walk around the neighborhood.
Do Something Nice For Someone Else
Helping others does so much good for our mental health. Since the holiday season is a time for giving, try doing something nice for someone else, whether it’s volunteering in your community, donating to charity or buying coffee for the person behind you in the drive thru. Another fun way to brighten someone’s day is by surprising them with one of these punny and positive holiday cards whether you put it in their mailbox or even on their car windshield.
Self-care is all about pampering 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 courtesy of FragranceX to wrap up the year and start the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!