With the holidays approaching, it is easy to get caught up in the activities of the season and forget to take care of yourself. It can be very challenging to remember that self-care is vital when you have a multitude of social events planned with your family and friends. However, taking care of your health benefits your loved ones because it provides you with the energy to support them as well. The following are some suggestions for helping you to stay merry throughout the holidays.
If you are scheduling social events, try to go with your own rhythm when designing the day. In other words, if you have more energy on the weekend or during the day, try to arrange events when they work best for you. If you are planning a party, try to include your own preferences as well as others'. Since you are the host, you can choose the time when you want the event to begin and the type of food served. The event will probably be more fun for you if, when appropriate, some of the details deliberately include your tastes and not only those of your guests.
If you have a lot of shopping or other time-consuming tasks to do, be sure to plan a reward at the end of the day or outing. If you have a particularly onerous social engagement that you are attending more out of duty than desire, try to schedule a reward for yourself when it is over. Taking some time for a walk, a bath, to meditate, or to enjoy some other activity could help you keep the joy in your heart, even after a particularly taxing social outing.
Try to step back and see the deeper reasons for the season. Reflecting on your life values and/or spirituality could help you to maintain your perspective, and remember the purpose for all of the running around in the first place. It may also help you to stop worrying about the details, and remind you that people will remember the party but not that the candles matched the tablecloth.
If you already have a program of self-care that is working for you, keep in mind that you might need more of it during the holiday season. Exercise, sleep, and good nutrition all help us to be at our best, and this is what can turn a good holiday time into an exceptional one. Family and festivities can also rouse different emotions in people. Taking care to reduce your stress level can help you to handle such situations in more effective ways. By bringing to others our best selves, one that has been valued by us through self-care, we can be more fully present to others and enjoy an even more meaningful and memorable holiday season. I sincerely wish you a very peaceful and relaxing holiday!