Life is full of challenges, but for many the holidays add significant stress. Whether you feel overwhelmed by the extra expectations, financially stretched, anxious about family dynamics or exhausted by travel you are not alone. However, it turns out that during this time of merriment and joy, many people report feeling fatigue, stress and loneliness, especially women.
It turns out that there are a few things we can create time for each day that allow us to experience more joy and less overwhelm. My hope is to help you create a self care checklist unique to you that can help you navigate the “holidaze” with less stress and more love.
Here’s the thing, everyone’s checklist will look different, because we all need different types and amounts of self caring activities. I’m going to toss a lot of options and ides out at you and you can feel free to add your own.
Print the self care checklist and write down the activities that speak to you, test them for the week and then reflect and course correct if needed.
Yes, that’s right. YOU are the most important part of self-care. Extra obligations and expectations tend to uproot us from what keeps us feeling grounded and supported.
The following activities are suggestions that may help you re-connect with your inner strength and wisdom. If something resonates with you add it to your self-care checklist.
The limits we set on how we spend our time and who we spend it with helps to create sustainable relationships and habits. Boundaries are necessary for maintaining basic physical/emotional health.
We all need time in our day to connect to who we are and what we want/need.
Healthy relationships in which you can be yourself, feel supported and maybe even connect to something bigger than you are vital for self-care.
Here are some things to remember: