It is important that while I am busy shopping and planning during the holidays, I still take time for activities for myself. Making sure the kids have enough activities to do while school is out, finishing up shopping, planning menus getting all the cooking done,these are just a few examples of how this time of year can become stressful. By finding time to yourself that doesn’t involve anything to do with holiday planning or shopping, you are also able to relieve some of that holiday stress that can be overwhelming. Here are some simple ways to reduce your holiday stress.
Schedule Time Every Day to Do Something On Your Own
Taking time for yourself doesn’t mean you need an entire day or weekend alone. All you really need to do is have a little bit of time each day where you can push the holiday craziness aside. This can be as simple as taking a bubble bath each evening, reading a book, journaling or exercising. These moments are precious, but they won’t come automatically. Sometimes you need to include them in your schedule.
Find Non-Holiday Things You Can Do
Another way to take more time for yourself is to find things you can do that have nothing to do with the holidays. This can be hard when you feel like every errand you run has to do with party planning, Christmas shopping, or food shopping for the upcoming festivities. However, see if there is an event or activity you can attend on your own that isn’t holiday-related, or spend an evening with a girlfriend at happy hour and promise not to talk about holiday planning.
Get Help With Some of Your Tasks
In some cases, there is just too much to do during this time of year to find time for yourself. This is when you need to create it by delegating some of your tasks. If the reason you don’t have time is because you are planning the Holiday dinner all on your own, then you need to start asking for help. Have some other people to help get your home ready, buy decorations, go shopping for the food, or bring a few dishes so you aren’t cooking everything yourself.
Ask Someone to Watch Your Kids For a Night
If you have kids at home that are too young to be home alone, then getting a sitter so you can go out and do something by yourself, spend time with friends or have a date night is sometimes needed. Whether this is going to get a manicure or massage on your own, or spending a kid-free night with your significant other, it is important to have this quality time. I recently had a sleepover with my close friends where we were able to catch up, laugh and relax.
Taking time for yourself doesn't have to be difficult. Planning small things to help you unwind and relax is so important for your self-care and mental health.