The holiday season has arrived. But along with the bliss of the holidays comes the stress of the holidays. I’ve found that one of the best ways to combat the stress of the season is to intentionally set aside time for self-care. Do you have a self-care plan for managing holiday stress and finding rest this season?
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I’m a busy mom with two lively boys, a busy law practice, a growing blog, and a husband that’s deserving of my love and attention. I have a lot of priorities.
When you add holiday planning into the mix, life can feel overwhelming this time of year. And finding time to care for me during the chaos of the holidays can feel impossible.
But truth be told, I know I will never find the time to care for me. I have to make the time. I also know that intentionally scheduling time for rest and rejuvenation this season must be a priority. Prioritizing self-care will better equip me to take on the task of planning for (and enjoying) the holidays with less stress and more joy.
5 Self-Care Tips For Reducing Holiday Stress
Here are my 5 Self-Care Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress and Finding Rest. I’m committed to finding the calm amongst the chaos this Christmas season. Wanna join me?
Self-Care Tip #1: Write Yourself A Permission Slip To Be Less Than Perfect
Tip #1 is to give yourself a permission slip. Have you ever given yourself a permission slip? If not, the holiday season is the perfect time to write yourself one.
My permission slip is going to allow me to not be perfect. As a perfectionist by nature, this is going to be hard to do. Christmas requires a lot of planning. And my perfectionist nature means that I often hyperfocus on the details of that planning.
But this Christmas, I’m going to slow down intentionally. I’m going to savor the small moments that matter. And, I’m going to give myself permission to be less than perfect.
Will you join me in giving yourself a permission slip this holiday season? Take out a piece of paper and write: “I don’t have to be perfect this holiday season.”
Self-Care Tip #2: Prioritize Care for Your Body
I LOVE Christmas. I love everything about it. I especially love the delectable treats of the season. That’s why Tip #2 is so important. I’m going to prioritize caring for my body.
The flurry of holiday events (and holiday treats) can quickly take a toll on my physical health. If you’re anything like me, you probably dread having to step on the scale once the holidays are over. Now, I’m not crazy so I won’t be advocating that you skip every yummy treat this holiday season.
But I am making a commitment to keep my body healthy, despite the occasional piece of fudge or eggnog latte.
My self-care plan for my body this holiday season is simple. Here it is:
- Take a bike ride or a long walk at least every other day.
- Drink water with every meal and first thing in the morning.
- Spend 10-20 minutes stretching or doing yoga every day.
- Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night.
Even though it sounds simple, I know it’s going to be a challenge.
The best way for me to make sure I’m making body care a priority is to write out a plan. I’ll be using this Daily Self-Care Planner to come up with a self-care plan each week.
Self-Care Tip #3: Make Daily Quiet Time A Priority
Tip #3 is to make daily quiet time a priority.
Daily quiet time helps me to maintain my sanity over the craziness of the holidays. As an introvert, I need this time to refresh and recharge each day.
But I think we all could use a few minutes at the beginning of each day to gather our thoughts, spend time in reflection and prayer, and get organized for the day.
My morning routine is something I hold sacred. This holiday season I’m committed to keeping up with my quiet time.
Each Avent, my morning time also includes a few minutes to read through AnnVoskamp’s, The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas. This book helps me to stay focused on what truly matters this season.
Self-Care Tip #4: It’s Okay to Skip A Holiday Event, Party, Or Luncheon
Learning to say no is a skill that I’m still mastering. That’s why Tip #4 is going to be a challenge. My goal this December is to say no to a holiday invitation if it isn’t in alignment with my family values.
What does that mean?
If I receive an invitation and my initial reaction isn’t to give it my best yes (a term I happily added to my vocabulary after reading Lysa Terkeurst’s book, The Best Yes), then I’m going to weigh three things:
- What are my other obligations?
- What are my family’s needs?
- How am I feeling?
I’ll make my decision after I carefully weigh these three things. Sometimes it will be yes, but other times it will be no. But I’m going to make that decision with intention and respond with grace.
Self-Care Tip #5: Calendar A Block Of “Me Time” Every Week
This last self-care tip might be the most challenging of all. But I plan on scheduling at least one block of time each week just for me.
“Me time” is important. But I always feel so guilty taking time just for me. Maybe you feel this way, too?
But I know that the way I should be viewing “me time” is that it fills me up. It refreshes me. It makes me a better me. And that’s a good thing for everyone in my family.
So this holiday season, I’m going to look at my permission slip, remember to let go of perfection, and enjoy my favorite novel while sipping an eggnog latte guilt-free.
Now it’s time for YOU to go out and create your own self-care plan for reducing holiday stress and finding rest. I’d love to hear what you came up with in the comment section below.
With Love and Joy,