Self-Care: Must Know Practices For the Holidays


Self-care is extremely important for mental, emotional and physical harmony.

However, during the holidays, no matter what is being celebrated, can bring up a lot of stress and anxiety.

From family, friends, and work gatherings, endless shopping for a long list of people, and baking/ cooking for events and special occasions, the holidays can be anything but peaceful.

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The pressure of getting the right gift, not gaining all that dreaded holiday weight, being jolly, upbeat, and festive, can leave your self-care routine to the wayside.

Many people find the holidays stressful because they neglect their own self-care in favour of what they THINK is a greater priority.

I’m here to tell you that NOTHING is more important than self-care; not even the stocking stuffers or Christmas movie marathons.

To help you out that little bit more, here is the Ultimate Christmas Gift List for all your Spiritual Besties!

 

One important thing to remember about self-care is that it’s not a day for pampering.

That isn’t self-care, that is an escape.

When I hear people tell me they had a self-care day, they then proceed to list off what they did that day.

  1. Bubble bath

  2. Manicure

  3. Shopping

  4. Reading

  5. Skipping work

This isn’t self-care.

The reason why you need a “self-care’ day, is because things are overwhelming.

This can be caused by

  1. overthinking

  2. avoiding people/events

  3. fights

  4. relationship issues

  5. health issues

  6. unresolved issues

That last one is most important.

A self-care day feels necessary because you are overwhelmed with some unresolved issues.

The ONE question you should be asking yourself at the end of a self-care day is

“Is the issue that caused this overwhelming feeling resolved?”

If the answer is no, then you didn’t take a self-care day, you took an escape day!