‘Tis the season of endless social obligations, financial stress and frigid temperatures. If you’re feeling a little less than holly jolly you’re certainly not alone. The holidays can be an overwhelming time for many of us. Feeling like you’d rather call off the festivities all together and escape to a tropical island doesn’t make you a grinch. It just makes you someone who probably needs a little bit more ‘me-time’. Here are a few tips to help you prioritize yourself this holiday season because after all, you can’t pour eggnog from an empty cup.
Make The Tasks On Your To-Do List More Enjoyable
We get it, your to-do list is longer than ever in December. This means your usual down time is taken up by shopping, baking and that work holiday party you dread every year. Sometimes, there’s no way to get around it. But, there are ways to make the tasks on your list more enjoyable.
For example, if you have a mountain of presents to wrap, pour yourself a glass of wine, turn on a fun holiday movie and treat yourself to a cookie (or two). If you volunteered to bring dessert to your family dinner, enlist the help of some friends and make a fun night out of it. You can split up the baked goods amongst yourselves and you’ll all have hostess gifts to bring along to your holiday gatherings.
Put It In Your Calendar
When we get busy, often the first thing to disappear from our schedule is self-care. Don’t let that happen. Take a look at your month and schedule a few dates with yourself. Don’t just think about doing it, actually write it down in your agenda or load it into your iCal. That way, you’ll be less likely to back out of it.
Whether it’s an hour to take your favourite class, an evening bath with a good book or a few moments of meditation in the morning, treat it like the important event that it is. It’s as crucial to show up for yourself as it is to show up for others.
There’s a great pressure to feel joyful around the holidays. So, if you’re not exactly feeling the spirit of the season, you might want to hide it from your friends and family. But, this does a great disservice to everyone involved. Sharing your feelings gives you an opportunity to find support from those around you. And, chances are, you might find that many others are feeling the exact same way.
If you and a friend are both feeling financially strapped, short on time and a little burnt out, agree to skip gifts all together. Instead, treat yourselves to a manicure and a cocktail (we know just the spot!). That way, you can enjoy quality time together, indulge in a little self-care and look and feel more pulled together for all of your holiday engagements.
The holidays offer us all a bit of a mixed bag. While there are often many special moments with loved ones, the season can also bring up difficult emotions, present us with an overwhelming social calendar and subject us to additional financial stress. That’s why it’s especially important to find the time to take care of you amongst the chaos. Wherever you can, grab those moments of peace, or better yet, create them, and you just might find yourself in the holiday spirit after all.