How to Master Holiday Self Care
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How to Master Holiday Self Care

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The holiday season is so busy and the to do list seems to get longer by the day. Taking the time for some holiday self care is an important part of being able to enjoy the season.

5 Ways to Master Holiday Self Care

Taking care of yourself during the holiday season is important for everyone but it is especially important if you have health issues. Here are 5 Tips for Holiday Self Care:

1. Take Time to De-Stress

Stress is the number one destructor of a person’s health. Although, many people think that if something is caused by stress that it isn’t that important, nothing could be further from the truth. Stress related illnesses can include high blood pressure, Heart Attacks, diabetes, obesity and other life shortening illnesses.  It is important to find ways to relax during periods of high stress. Always remember that some of our happiest moments (weddings, births, holidays) are some of our most stressful times.

2. Savor Each Moment

Yes, there are lots of goodies to savor during the holidays but that is not the most important kind of savoring. Savor each moment! Enjoying time with family and friends makes all of the stress worth all of the effort. Savoring each moment and making memories is what the holidays are all about.

3. Simplify your Life

This is the part where you decide what is important and what is not. Go through your calendar and your to do list and prioritize by order of importance. After doing that, decide which items can be eliminated.  This is also a great time to slim down some traditions that may have run its course. Just because something has always been done a certain way doesn’t mean that it can’t be changed. Yes, traditions are important, but they can also be time consuming and stress inducing.

4. Get Some Rest

During this holiday season, take some time for yourself to get some much-needed rest. That may mean an afternoon nap one Sunday after church or it can mean treating yourself to a holiday pedicure. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is time you set aside to do something for yourself. If you enjoy holiday movies, just have a pajama day and watch Hallmark Christmas movies all day. You are working hard to make sure everyone has a great Christmas…you deserve it!

5. Pat Yourself on the Back!

This one is important to finishing up all the loose ends. Try to finish all of your holiday items a few days in advance of the holiday. Then take some time to look at all you have accomplished over the year. Are there some things that you wanted to do but have not completed? If so, now is the time to finalize those items. Doing this is not intended to create stress but it is meant to be a task of success! Anything that can’t be finalized by the end of the year can be the first items of the list in the new year.


Keeping in mind these tips for holiday self care will help you enjoy your holiday. By managing stress, making memories, treating yourself and finalizing your tasks the Holidays Season will be a success not a burden.

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  • Nicole Starbuck

    Thank you so much for sharing these self-care tips! Self-care has been on the forefront of my mind this holiday season. It’s definitely a balance between having a good time, tending to others, and still taking care of ourselves.

  • Rhiann

    Hi Jen

    Loved your post, I loved how you used the given prompts to write a guide for others living with chronic conditions to enjoy the season ahead! Very clever! I agree that it’s so important to look after both our physical and mental health and to ensure we make enough time for self-care especially as it’s such a busy and fast paced time of year.

    Wishing you all the best for your Christmas and New Year celebrations and all the best for 2019!

    Rhiann x

  • Nikki

    I am having an issue with the de-stressing this year. I pace and say no to plans when I need to. But a life stressor was dropped on me and I am still trying to deal with that incident and the increase in pain. Can’t predict those twists and turns of life, eh?

  • Maya

    First, I love pajama Hallmark Christmas movie watching days! They’re what I do when I really need to just let go and de-stress. And so true on the simplifying. I was just listening to a podcast about things that run their course, and how it’s OK to say “that was great for the time that it was great, but now, it’s done.” This can be really difficult for me, and something I’m actively working on.

  • Sheryl

    Thanks for joining us Jen, and so quickly to boot! Love how you turned it into a useful guide for other spoonies for the season! It’s so important to slow down and savour the little moments indeed, and also for the sake of our own wellbeing, both physically and mentally 🙂

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