It’s that time of year! Some of you might be thinking positive things when you hear that while others have negative thoughts hearing that. Either direction of thinking is understandable but no matter which way your thoughts go it is important to remember to take care of yourself during this time year.
During the holiday season many of us get caught up in the busyness of it all. That’s not a bad thing if you are remembering to also be “present” during these times but don’t forget that you need time and love too. I am guilty of forgetting this and I have made it my goal this year to allow time for me. (Honestly… it’s not going so well). So this post is not just for the readers but to remind me too!
There are many good reasons that we get busier and our stress increases for the holidays which is even more reason why you need to take time out for you. Here are some tips on how you can do this or help others that might be guilty of this:
- Don’t over plan. There are more parties, more baking, more shopping, and just more doing but be careful of how you schedule things and allow flexibility in your planning.
- Plan for ‘you’ time. While doing all of these other things make sure to put on your calendar an hour here or there for you to do what you enjoy and to have some down time.
- Don’t think you have to do everything and do everything perfect. Allow yourself to be okay if you don’t get around to certain things that maybe aren’t as important. And definitely allow it to be okay that you don’t have everything done exactly how you want it.
- Let others help. I know that many people offer help but many don’t accept it. If you are needing to take a break for yourself reach out and take someone up on their offer to help with the kids, the cleaning, the baking and so on.
When we become too overwhelmed and don’t take time for ourselves we are risking weakening our immune system, increasing anxiety and other mental health symptoms, more likely to not enjoy this time of year and miss out on “just being”.