Taking Care of Yourself During the Holidays

In theory, the holidays are a time to relax, enjoy the company of your loved ones, share gifts with your family, and indulge in your favorite foods. But in reality, someone has to make that food, buy those gifts, and clean the house before your relatives come over. It’s never as relaxing as you want it to be.

When this time of the year rolls around, it’s as important as ever to remember to give back a little to yourself. Don’t forget your self-care routine when the holiday season comes around this year.

Get Enough Sleep
When you feel like you have too much on your plate, you may neglect to get the sleep you need. However, Healthline points out you should prioritize getting your seven to eight hours of sleep to ensure that your days can be as productive as possible. Lack of sleep will lead to the inability to relax during the day. You’ll feel unfocused and won’t be able to get as much checked off your to-do list. If you struggle to fall asleep, consider relaxation techniques like meditation or practicing yoga before bed.

Shop for Yourself
Gift shopping can be super stressful, even if you think you have a fool-proof game plan. If it all gets to be too much and you feel yourself getting stressed, go ahead and pick out a gift for yourself. While you shouldn’t make it a habit to spend your money in order to feel better, the occasional bout of retail therapy won’t hurt. You’ll feel happy pampering yourself with a gift, and it may just be the rejuvenation you need to get things done!

Don’t Neglect Exercise
When we get busy, exercising is usually one of the first things we let fall by the wayside. Don’t let that happen to you this holiday season! Especially important if you like to indulge in a few extra sweet treats this time of year, exercising will keep you both fit and less stressed during this busy time.