Ah… the holiday season. You probably call it “the most wonderful time of the year”. But between buying presents for everyone, hosting get-togethers, trying not to break your healthy habits (or the bank for that matter), and attending family gatherings, it can also be the most stressful time of the year for many.
This is why it’s super important to make time for self-care and self-love during this time of year
Now, here at Damiva, we want to help you feel your absolute best this holiday season. So, we’re sharing our favorite self-care tips to reduce stress and help you get the most comfort and joy out of your holidays.
1. Make Time For YOU
We really can’t overstate the importance of self-care during the holiday season. But you may be thinking that you’ve got too much to do. How am I supposed to make time for self-care? Our answer to you: when you are crazy busy and you feel like you have zero time is when you need those extra minutes of self-care most. So make sure to schedule time for you this holiday season. Even ten minutes can positively impact your mental health! This is enough time for you to get outside for a breath of fresh air, do a quick meditation, fit in a quick workout, do your favorite skincare routine to help you reset.
2. Get Enough Rest.
It may be tempting to spend some late nights shopping, cooking or baking, wrapping gifts, and just celebrating in general. However, getting adequate sleep is essential for you to feel your best and help keep your immune system strong because no one enjoys being sick this time of year. Aim to catch between seven and eight hours of your zzz’s a night.
3. Move Your Body.
Fitting in time to move your body can help you boost your mood and energy, relieve stress and anxiety, work off those yummy holiday treats, and just help you to feel better all around. So, try your best to fit in physical activity where you can. It doesn’t have to be a crazy intensive workout or take up a lot of your time. Even a ten-minute walk around your neighborhood, shoveling the snow in your driveway, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator adds up, increases your endorphin levels, and can help increase your overall stamina.
4. Ask for Support.
If you’ve got too much on your plate and you start feeling overwhelmed, the best thing you can do is speak up and ask for help. People want to help, so reach out and be clear about what kind of support you need most. It’s easy to stretch yourself too thin over the holidays. We also want to remind you to be kind to yourself, guard your time, and to politely decline anything that drains you or feels stressful.
We hope these tips help you have your best holiday season yet because you truly deserve it! So, enjoy this holiday season and remember to take the time to care for your own needs and emotions.