Self-care: It’s not an option

The holidays are in full swing. And while self-care may seem optional, it’s actually a necessity right now. During what is the busiest season of the year for many, it’s hard to imagine spending time on yourself. But it’s when you have the least amount of time that you most need to take time for yourself.

It’s challenging, I know. But here are a few simple things you can do to care for yourself that will help you relax and enjoy the holidays even more:

Spend a few minutes in quiet every day. You don’t have to sit cross legged on the floor for hours on end. Even five minutes in a comfy chair will help you restore. If you put on some soothing music and light a candle, that’s all the better.

Take a detox bath. Add a cup of Epson salt and a few drops of essential oil to your bath, and soak for 20 minutes. Try this once a week. It only takes a few minutes longer than a shower, and the effects can last for hours. Soothing music and a candle work well here too.

Save yourself some time by limiting your gift list. You really don’t have to buy presents for everyone. Really. Draw names and exchange with only one or two. Or or simply tell others that you’ve decided not to give gifts this year. I quit exchanging gifts years ago, and I can’t tell you how much stress I have avoided. And actually, most people are very happy that they no longer have to stress over selecting a gift for me either.

Don’t go crazy decorating your house…unless you really love to. Simple decorations can make just as much of an impact as a house full of stuff. I have a friend who puts up 10 Christmas trees in her house! Yes, that’s correct…10. And each one is a different theme. But she loves to do that, so it’s a joy for her. It’s not a joy for everyone. And remember, what goes up must come down.

Pick one or more of the ideas that resonate with you, and try them out. Or decide for yourself what you’re willing to release in order to take better care of yourself. Or choose something that you could add to your list that would be soothing, calming, and pampering.

When making decisions about how to spend your time and care for you own needs during the holidays–or any time of the year–listen to your heart and do what feels good to you. Do only what brings you joy and not what you think you should do. That’s self-care!

If you have a hard time setting boundaries with yourself or others, email me here to request a FREE copy of my workbook 5 Simple Steps to Saying No and Setting Boundaries with Ease and Grace.