I want to thank Pastor Natalie from Examine This Moment for writing this amazing bog post on how to practice self-care during the holidays. Please make sure to give her blog a read and follow her on social media.
Self-Care During The Holidays
It is during these times of great celebration, we can become so overwhelmed. There is so much expectations during the holidays. Maybe it is a dinner, a party; any gathering that you are now a part of that will bring an anticipation. Although these may be some joyful moments they can also bring with it a lot of stress. Let’s take a moment together to discuss, “Self-care during the holidays.”
Remember To Take Time For Yourself
Let’s be honest, the holidays bring with it an increase of things you must get done. It can begin to feel like you have less time in the day to complete tasks. Along with limited time, you may overlook taking care of yourself. Perhaps you begin to dismiss the things you need and this is what you must pay attention to.
It’s imperative to set priorities during the holidays. You can so easily run yourself ragged trying to do everything. Remember to take a moment to consider – which things are the most important to you? When you do so, you recognize what is the most meaningful and important to you.
It’s very important to remain mindful of any negative emotions during the holidays. These stressful moments can be related to unrealistic expectations of yourself, overly high set goals, or you just may be feeling overwhelmed. Acknowledge these negative feelings and decide adjustments need to be made to suit the reality of the situation and/or choose to do a few less activities.
Taking time to reflect on what you are grateful for in the mist of your business will bring an increase in peace. Perhaps, first thing in the morning you can write down at least three things you appreciate you have in your life and take a few moments in prayer. Gratefulness impacts our perspective genuinely.
Remember to enjoy these moments and take moments to laugh as much as possible during the holidays. If you can, play a funny movie, do silly things like sing-a-longs and/or charades. Some other important things that help during the stress of the holiday seasons is to play music you enjoy, and remember to include exercise: whether it’s a brisk walk, stretching or run for some examples.
Remember That These Moments Of Stress Will Pass
Keep in mind, this stressful time will pass. You have made it through previous holiday seasons before. Instead focus on appreciating and enjoying as many positive moments as possible during the holidays. Perhaps you can create a calendar that you mark off each day as a reminder that you’re getting closer to the end of the festivities.
Another very important thing to remember is if you are dealing with sadness, remind yourself that it’s completely natural and that you don’t have to pretend to be cheerful. Please allow yourself to express your feelings and don’t feel obligated to participate in every activity if you’re overwhelmed in your emotions.
During any holiday gathering, it’s really important to remember, this is not the time to resolve bigger issues or vent frustrations. These unpleasant and uncomfortable moments can bring an increase in stress and anger. It may be necessary to walk away or maintain limited cordial talk with any unpleasant company to maintain a calm mindset and peace in your heart.
Remember That Stress Increases During The Holidays
Lastly and most importantly please remember during any increase in stress, especially during the holidays, it can be extremely helpful to talk with someone in confidence– in person, via phone, or even by text. Allow your confidant to bring you support and encouragement. Maintain open and honest communication about how you are feeling during these stressful moments. Don’t go through these moments alone. This is such a vital moment in your self-care during the holidays.
Thank you Riyah Speaks for the opportunity to write about this important topic during the holidays. Self-care is always important. There is so much extra stress during the holidays and we must remember to take care of ourselves to reduce stress, improve our well-being, and find joyful moments in these challenging situations.
Over time, I have come to realize that we must take pauses or we are just experiencing life passing us by quickly! Every day there are several moments we can perhaps all talk about and be an encouragement to someone else with.
~ Blessings Pastor Natalie