Practising self-care at Christmas
Get a handle on the holidays & keep your spirits high
The year 2020 has thrown a lot at us, what with coronavirus (COVID-19) turning our world upside down on the spot. As the festive season approaches, self-care – actually making it part of your routine and not just committing to the odd Friday night bath – has never been more important.
Although the run up to Christmas will feel a little different this year (to put it lightly), our social calendars are still likely to crank up a notch. Whether it’s virtual quizzes with friends, online work dos, or ‘social bubble’ Christmas jumper days, the festive season is still set to be go, go, go. That’s why it’s important to put some time aside for your number one (yep, that’s you).
From carving out time for a podcast to enjoying a good old bubble bath, we’ve got just what you need to help you look after your elf (we couldn’t resist) this Christmas. You’ll want to scroll through this lot!
Let’s start at the beginning – 'S' is for self-care and self-care is all about focussing your energy inwards. That means taking the time to concentrate on your mental and physical wellbeing. Got it? We’ve got some tips to get you started.
There’s nothing like a snooze or two over the winter break, it’s the perfect opportunity to recharge the old batteries, right? If you’re struggling to get enough shut-eye, there are tons of things you can do to help yourself float off to the land of nod.
More often than not, the busy festive period means we forget to calm our bodies before we hit the hay. Why not listen to music, read a book or even make time for mindfulness as part of your wind-down routine? Making sure your bedroom is a peaceful environment is a great start as most of us need around eight hours of good-quality sleep a night. Try to stick to a routine and avoid a bright screen – yep, that new TV show you’re so keen to watch will still be there in the morning. Psst! By establishing a good sleep routine this side of the new year, you can tick it off the resolution list – result!
Think about food
It’s one of the best parts of the festive period. And since the season comes but once a year, you’ve got every reason to indulge in a chocolate-before-breakfast kind of attitude. But if you’re looking for a bit of balance in your life, look no further than your plate. Different foods do different jobs in the body – some provide energy whilst others can help you to feel good. While you’re enjoying all the trimmings on Christmas Day and beyond, it’s good to keep in mind how the foods you’re eating are making you feel – you can always switch up your diet as and when.
Facemask & chill
No, not that facemask, the other one! Sheet or clay, peeling or hydrating – there’s nothing quite like the revitalising power of a beauty facemask. And it’s one of those self-care tasks that’s so easy to do. Take an hour or so away from the bustle of the Christmas prep or the selection tin and don your favourite formula and a slice of cucumber for your eyes.
Crank the chill up a notch and have a go at meditating. There’s loads of positive effects of meditation as it can help you manage anxious feelings – no yoga studio required! It’s no secret that this year is a bit topsy-turvy but by taking some time out to reset your thinking through mindfulness meditation, you’ll be able to tackle feelings of uncertainty head-on. And what better time to do so than the festive period?
If you’re looking to melt away the stress of the season or (to use the word of the moment) the stress of these unprecedented times, run yourself a bath. Soaking in the tub is one of the easiest methods of self-care out there. So, ditch the phone, grab your softest towels and a luxury bath bomb – you’re all set for a little me-time.
Plug-in & play
Sometimes all you need is a good old podcast. While it may sound cliché, a friendly voice reminding you how great you are can do wonders for your way of thinking. Good news is there’s a bunch of podcasts out there tackling conversations around mental health awareness. Why not line-up a listen, shut off those notifications and discover new ways to look after yourself this Christmas and beyond?
Yes, mindful shopping is really a thing! Before making impulsive purchases, try to ask yourself: Will I love it? Will I use it? Is it worth it? If the answer is yes, you’re on to a winner.
So, whether you treat yourself to some wellness goodies (How to Quieten Your Mind activity book, we’re looking at you!), or get your Christmas shopping done and dusted, why not embrace some ‘me-time’ with our 2020 Christmas Gift Guide. Spoiler alert: it might just be our best one yet!
And there you have it, top tips to help you bring your self-care out of the shadows and into the spotlight. It’s time to prioritise yourself – not next week, not next year, now.