Christmas is fast approaching and the first 25 days of December can be a bit of a whirlwind. So much of your time can be taken up by Christmas shopping or Christmas parties that it’s easy to forget to take some ‘me’ time and relax. I finally filled in my calendar for the next few weeks to find that I actually had very little time to myself! Here are some of my best self care tips to help you enjoy the festive season and not burn yourselves out
#1 Don’t choose the stressful option
A pretty simple tip but one that is easy to ignore. Whilst Christmas is my favourite time of year, it is also one of the most stressful! With a busy calendar and errands galore, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. However, with a little planning everything can go a lot more smoothly. Perhaps complete the bulk of your Christmas shopping online so that when you do go to the Christmas markets, you can actually enjoy the festivities instead of rushing about trying to find gifts.
#2 You don’t have to attend every party
Sometimes I forget that when I am invited somewhere I do have the option to say no. Christmas is a brilliant excuse for a couple of drinks after work and office parties, but it can also be a quick way to exhaustion. If you can hack going out every night then definitely go ahead and do it if it’s what you enjoy, I personally find that going out 24/7 results in me being miserable, sleep deprived and hungover – not very festive! Therefore, I am only attending events that I really want to go to.
#3 You do not have to drink alcohol
This follows on nicely from #2, alcohol is not integral to having a good night. Now, I really enjoy drinking sociably and I have a healthy relationship with alcohol. Chances are that if I am out then I will be drinking. I am also comfortable with not drinking at social events. However, I have realised that quite often other people have an issue with this and will try to encourage me to drink. As I said, I have a healthy relationship with alcohol so I often shrug it off and don’t get tempted but this experience does make me feel sympathy to those trying not to drink but being pressured into doing so. My main advice would be to not draw attention to the fact that you’re not drinking – I’ll often have a fizzy drink, which people just assume is alcohol and I won’t get involved in rounds. The festive season is full of drinking but there are huge benefits to taking a break from alcohol – most notably I am much jollier the next day!
#4 Focus on an exercise routine
I sympathise with anyone that struggles to work out in the winter – staying at home watching Christmas films seems like a better alternative! But exercising can boost your mood considerably and make you feel like less of a Potato. Whenever I am trying to encourage myself to get active I always think that I won’t ever regret working out but I will regret wasting my time at home. Don’t let the cold weather stop you, wrap up warm and go for a walk or a run – having the cold air hit your face is oddly refreshing! Or if you are really committed to your Christmas movies then stream them from your phone and watch them at the gym. Your future self will thank you for it!
#5 Treat yo’ self
Life is all about balance. So, whilst you should take care of your health also remember to enjoy yourself. For example, after my recent manic weekend, I had the most magnificent lazy day on Sunday. I slept in, walked my dog, ate biscuits, watched a Christmas film, played Lego Harry Potter, ordered a takeaway and then relaxed in the bath with a face mask. I felt so refreshed and ready for the week ahead! I find that when I have lazy days, it resets me and make me even more determined for the upcoming week to smash my fitness goals and eat well.
What are your top self care tips?