Looking for some holiday self care tips? I got you, girl.
Christmas is right around the corner and with the holiday season already upon us, I can only imagine just how busy some of you are. With all the gift shopping, the holiday charity work, the visits to family members. Not to mention the decorating, meal prep, and meal planning.
And you still have to balance all that with your jobs/career, relationships plus other responsibilities. My heart goes out especially to you if you’re a mom.
All month long, I will be sharing Christmas-themed articles so naturally, I wanted to kick off the festivities with something a little different from what I normally write.
I asked other busy blogger babes to share their holiday self care tips for women and I was really impressed with the submissions. Here’s what some amazing women had to say about self care this holiday season. Be sure to click the links and check out their blogs as well. Let’s dive in.
Self care tips for women
Jasmine from The Jazzy Daze Of Fashion
- Take care of your skin during this holiday season by staying moisturized. The cold, harsh winter weather can dry out the skin leaving it sore and brittle. I recommend the cocoa butter scented Vaseline (gel or the good ol’ classic jar) mixed with your favorite lotion. Not only will you feel great but you’ll smell great too!
- Take this time to focus on what really matters: YOURSELF and those that are closest to you. None of us are getting any younger so make sure you reach out to those closest to you as much as possible. Make this holiday season about more than just gifts. Make it about friends and family! Forget about all that other bs going on in your life and be sure to spread love to those that are closest to you.
- Focus on your health and I’m not talking about that “new year new me” mess. Hate to break it to ya but that one little week of going to the gym in January isn’t cutting it buddy! On a serious note, let’s take this time to eat right and get plenty of exercise.
- Challenge yourself to reach the goal of getting the body you’ve always dreamed of. Learn to say no to junk foods (you already got 2 cheat days this holiday season anyway… THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS) and control those cravings. Put that slice of sweet potato pie down and trade it for a good ol’ baked sweet potato. I promise you, big mama won’t be mad at you for wasting her beloved pie. She’ll be proud of you for making smart decisions for your life.
Related read: How I lost 20 pounds in 3 months and kept it off!
- Remember anything is possible as long as you stay consistent. Oh, and that new year’s resolution? This is your year! As long as you stay on track, you’ll reach your goal in no time.
Nicole Dake from Millennial Mom
- Be sure to take breaks throughout the day to do something you like. It can be just walking outside, doing a few minutes of yoga, or reading part of a book you like.
- Set boundaries. It’s not possible to do every holiday activity and still enjoy them, so say no to all but your favorites.
- Connect with your partner. That way, you can work as a team to spread out all the tasks. It improves your relationship, plus when you spend time hugging, it releases oxytocin (the happiness chemical) in your brain.
Chloe from Off Hour Hustle
Drinking enough water is extremely important in the holiday season. It can be harder to remember to drink water in the winter because you won’t notice sweating or being hot.
Even if you’re not losing moisture to sweat, you’re losing it via other means such as the water vapor you see when breathing into cold air.
Drink ample water to be energized, have great skin, fight winter weight gain, and improve your immune system. Drinking enough water is the first thing anyone can do to drastically improve their health.
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Mummy Conquering Anxiety says:
My tip would be to stand firm in your decision to say no to invites, even when people try to persuade you. I’m prioritizing my mental health this year, above everything else. You should too.
Lauren Ibarri says
Do your daily self care, non-negotiables. It’s understandable that when you’re on holiday (or even just holiday mode!) we’re not doing our usual routines.
It is important, however, to still make sure that we are meeting our needs daily. Whether you’re on holiday or not, these are the non-negotiables that you need to do no matter what you’re doing that day. And how exactly do you do this?
First, identify what activities you do that make you feel good in the day. Figure out the habits that you usually do that help fuel you. Those things are your non-negotiables.
For example, for me, whether I am working or not, these are the five things I do no matter what that help me fuel my self care needs:
- Reading my book
- Listening to a podcast
- Exercise (even if it’s just a short walk outside)
- Solo self-care time (doing any activity I’d like)
So you have a think of your own non-negotiables and do them daily. Especially during the holiday season.
Alicia Searl from Alicia Searl Writes
Even more awsome holiday self care tips
Headphones Thoughts says:
My holiday self-care tip is to do something for yourself. Like really do something for yourself. An example of this could be getting your hair done, nails done, or getting a facial.
Do something for yourself this holiday season. You have worked hard all year and you deserve something for yourself.
Unwanted Life says:
Prioritize your wellbeing, even if that means having to say no to people who ask for your help or even having to cut toxic people out of your life.
My biggest tip would be to be kind to yourself. So many women either regret buying or eating something or even thinking about doing something for themselves. We should feel good about treating ourselves not made to feel guilty.
Riyah from Riyah Speaks
My biggest tip would be to not feel guilty about skipping the gift shopping or saying no this year. Christmas is not about the gifts. It’s about the time you spend together and you shouldn’t drive yourself crazy trying to please everyone else.
Kayla D. Lamb from Creatively Dreams Events
Holiday Tip: Create a safe space for you and protect it. We’re invited to several events we may not be up for. It’s ok to say “No, thank you”, or “I’ll have to get back to you on a later date.” Control your narrative
Katie from Dating Bitch
My biggest tip would be to gift yourself something too. So often, women buy for everyone else but it’s a good idea to remember that you deserve something beautiful as well.
Weird Lifestyle says:
I would suggest resting yourself and eating without guilt.
Katy from Journey Of Smiley Blog
Last year my Christmas looked very different from any previous ones. There was a worldwide pandemic going on, and on top of that, I ended up in the hospital with a fractured back after an accident six weeks before the end of last year.
But do you know what I noticed? There was no rush. No stress with Christmas shopping, decorating, cooking… The only thing on my to-do list was trying to get better. The main thing was to take care of myself. Isn’t this something that should be on our to-do list every holiday season, not only when we become ill or injured? So here are my two self care tips for this holidays season:
- Make time for yourself – this is so important. It seems that we are often so caught up in all the stress and duties of the holiday season that we think of everyone else but not ourselves. My tip, therefore, is don’t forget to take some time for yourself. Because as the saying goes, ‘if we don’t make time for our wellness, we will be forced to make time for our illness‘. Find about 10 – 15 minutes each day for yourself. Time for your body, mind and soul. A time when you can just lay down and listen to some relaxing music or do some stretches and exercises, meditate or pray. A time when you can declutter your mind, order your thoughts. These few minutes of rest can make a big difference.
- Do something you enjoy – decorating the house and cooking a big Christmas meal may sometimes seem like a scene from a horror movie for some. Does thinking of all the tasks on hand start to make you feel sick? Then schedule something you enjoy doing between your chores. Listening to music helps me whilst doing my chores. Asking others to help, sharing the tasks means you don’t end up doing everything and this allows you more time for the things you enjoy doing. So however busy you are, try to schedule at least one thing you like to do into each day. It can be as simple as going for a short walk or cuddling in a blanket, putting the fire on and enjoying a luxury hot chocolate, having a bath or calling a friend and having a good catch up.
After all, Christmas isn’t about ruining your health. Following those little tips may help you to see the holiday season in a different light and enjoy it a bit more.
Sarah from That Lemonade Life
My tip would be to take some time for you. A nice bath, some quiet reading time, or even just spending a few extra minutes to do a quick face mask or a little pampering. A little time to yourself goes a long way!
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I hope these holiday self-care tips are useful for you. Remember to take some time to relax and enjoy your holiday season.
A big thank you to the ladies who took the time out to share these tips. Do you have more tips to share? What tips would you like to add to the list? Drop them in the comments below.
Happy holidays, everyone! Wishing you all the best during this busy time of year.
As always, thanks for reading. Until next time, stay sweet, stay feminine, sexy, classy, and unapologetically woman.