• Natasha Paramasamy

Prioritising Self-Care During The Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us and it is the time for giving. We give to our family, friends and others- and this can give us joy and satisfaction. However, it can get tiring and overwhelming. This season should also be the season that we give to ourselves. Self-care can be practised at any time, but it is most effective if you make it part of your normal, daily routine. The holiday season could be the best time to incorporate self-care as we tend to be more giving during this period. These are some tips for upholding self-care during the festive season:

1) Limit Alcohol

It’s tempting to indulge in all the holiday cocktails, but as we know, alcohol can impair thinking, cause mood swings, raise blood pressure, lead to poor social judgment, lower inhibitions, decrease concentration, and lots more. Sure, you can enjoy a cocktail, but make sure to limit your intake over the festive season.

2) Pamper yourself

The holidays are a great excuse to treat yourself to a little pampering. Get a new ‘do, go for a relaxing massage, give yourself a manicure, or do something else for yourself.

3) Ask for support

If you’ve got too much on your plate or you’re feeling overwhelmed, the best thing you can do is speak up and ask for help. People want to help, so reach out and be clear about what kind of support you need most.

4) Make a Holiday gratitude list

Instead of getting carried away by all the things you need to do, spend some time acknowledging, celebrating, and expressing gratitude for all you have to be grateful for this holiday season. Every night, do a brain dump onto a piece of paper of everything big and small you have to be grateful for.

5) Say No

It’s easy to stretch ourselves too thin over the holidays by saying yes to all the things. While we encourage you to say yes to the things that are most important to you, we also want to remind you to be kind to yourself, guard your time, and politely decline anything that drains you or feels stressful.

Where ever you are in your life this year, take care of yourself first. Practice self-love abundantly This truly is the only way to experience the true meaning of Christmas.

May peace, joy, love and happiness be yours today and throughout the year!