The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Lots of added activities on your to-do list like finding the perfect gift for Uncle Fred who has everything, hanging out with relatives you barely know and have to make small talk, holiday parties where colleagues drink too much and overshare, making treats for kids holiday parties at school and the list goes on!
This time of year it is especially important to take time for self-care! Make a deliberate effort to take care of yourself this holiday season so you can spread joy and cheer with everyone you meet! Check out these five ideas for practicing self-care this holiday season…
Set a spending budget
It is easy to overspend and rack up credit card bills over the holidays. With ads luring you to buy, it’s easy to justify a want now that will add stress later when your credit card bills come due. Resist the temptation and stick your budget.
Set a reasonable holiday spending budget that you can manage, pay cash when possible. If you don’t already do this, set up a Christmas account and save a little month each month to cover your anticipated holiday spending. Reduce stress for the New Year by not overspending now.
It is easy to accumulate things we don’t use on a regular basis. As Christmas approaches, use a one in, one out rule. For every new
Look for items or articles of clothing you haven’t used over the past year and decide if you need to keep it. If it is just taking up space, donate it or sell it on Just Let Go. Needs are high this time of year, so recycling gently worn items go a long way this time of year.
Unschedule your time
It is super easy to overcommit your time over the holidays. FOMO can make you say yes to things that maybe you could say no to. Leave time to be present in the moment and enjoy the magic of the holiday season.
Be mindful about spending time with people who make a difference in your life. Create new holiday traditions that will create memories that will last through the years. Richness comes from the connections we make, not the things we collect.
The holidays can be a stressful time of year emotionally especially if this is the first holiday without a loved one, or it is the last holiday you’ll spend with someone who is facing a terminal illness. Take time to capture your feelings. Note what makes you angry, sad, frustrated or scared. Use writing as a way to face and process your emotions.
Writing has a way of clearing the clutter from our minds and putting life in perspective. If you are feeling unusual amounts of sadness, reach out for support from a trusted friend or family member. You don’t have to deal with overwhelming feelings alone.
Our society has placed lots of zeros behind what abundance means. Money can provide options, but it doesn’t guarantee happiness. Take time to ponder what abundance means to you. Start by practicing gratitude for all of the things you have in your life and not focusing on the things you lack.
Count your blessings with a new mindset. Look at all of the ways you love yourself. Draw a box and write the word self-love in the middle then draw a line from side to side dividing the box in half. Fill the top of the box with words that reflect abundance to you like joyful, worthy, confident, resilient, empowered, brave or resourceful. Write down as many words as you can to define abundance as you are currently living it out.
Place other words that come to mind but don’t fit your definition of an abundant life in the box below the line and make a note of new areas of awareness to focus on in the new year. This exercise will create a powerful visual of what you aspire to and areas for potential growth. Create a plan to shift your energy and operate more above the line.
Self-care is an essential part of our daily lives. The more we love ourselves, the better we are at taking care of ourselves on a consistent basis. How much love are you feeling toward yourself this holiday season?
I’d like to challenge you to give yourself the best gift of all this year…the gift of self-love and compassion. This gift will permeate through every aspect of your life. The more self-love you practice, the more words of abundance will fill the box you created.
Won’t you join me on a journey of self-love in 2019?
Anza Goodbar is a personal development coach who focuses on self-love. She believes that self-love is at the core of business and personal success. Her philosophy asserts that there is a direct correlation between practicing genuine self-love and leading a wildly happy life based on abundance principles versus living a mediocre life based on scarcity. Read more about Anza’s work and book a complimentary self-love breakthrough call and get your life back on track.
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