If you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out during Christmas, you are with good company.
While the holiday season can be the best time of the year for most of us, for so many reasons, the stress can go sky-high. While creating a very merry Christmas can be financially and socially challenging, self-care is the key to keep our minds intact.
Thanks to the extra free time of the holidays, it’s the best chance to practice self-care and give yourself a mental reboot before new year arrives.
We’ve created an advent calendar of self-care ideas for this Christmas. If self-care is already thrown out of the window, try pick it back up with these simple and easy to follow activities.
Feel free to mix and match or switch things up to make the 12 days of self-care work for you.
Now, onto the ideas!
12 Days Of Self-care: An advent calendar that loves you
Day 1 - a power nap
Who doesn’t love a good nap? With less than 30 minutes, you will have your energy recharged for the rest of the day.
It can also be a magical mood-booster which doesn’t cost you anything. So allow yourself to pause and take a nap when you experience low-energy in the day.
Day 2 - go outside and exercise
Fresh air and sun are two magic pills for elevating energy level and a better mood. Go out for a jog or a nice walk and enjoy mother nature.
There’s no need to set a specific target for your workout. No counting miles or time. Just enjoy some me-time and the endorphins release in the brain. A little bit of exercise will change how you feel for the entire day.
Day 3 - drink and track
Dehydration can cause headaches, dry skin, fatigue, and dizziness. These symptoms can all make you feel bad and tired. We all know it’s important to drink enough water. But it’s not easy to remember how much water we’ve had and actually stay on track.
So use your phone or take a piece of paper to mark down the amount of water you’ve drunk in the day. Make sure that you get at least 8 glasses of water and observe how your mood and energy changes. After the day, you’ll have a better idea of how “enough water” should feel like.
Day 4 - Meditate
Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and help you relax.
If you have ever tried to handle multiple things at the same time, chances are it may take you longer to actually get things done. Because of the “monkey mind”, our focus and control over our mind get weaker, resulting in a much lower efficiency.
Meditation is the most effective way to train your mind muscle to do things you actually trying to do. It puts the “monkey” in you brain to rest so you can stay focused and productive.
And you don’t really need anything, except for a quite place and 10 minutes, to start meditate. Give it a try, it may be the cure for holiday chaos.
Day 5 - Make a self-care kit
A self-care survival kit is a personalized box of fun things to use to pamper yourself. When you are feeling sad, stressed, or just feel like it, pull this box out and enjoy.
Making a self-care survival kit is a great chance to reflect what makes us happy. Putting the things you love together helps to loosen up and bring back the sense of self-pride. It can be great fun to pack your kit with friends or family. Or if you wish, do it by yourself and enjoy the refreshing moments.
Day 6 - Celebrate and reward
Take care of yourself out of self-love. Self-appreciation is the foundation of any self-care activity. Start your day by writing down 3 things that worth celebrating in your life.
It doesn’t need to be huge achievements. Anything that you’ve made progress on, mark it down. Maybe you have been sleeping better. Or you’ve arranged more time for your family. Or even you are just feeling happier lately. These tiny changes are all worth celebrating.
Reward yourself for each of these achievements with your favorite treat, a new outfit or a pampering message. Your body will reward you with greater satisfaction, a better mood and a higher energy level.
Day 7 - Start journaling
Write about your day or how you have been feeling. Take out this time to find out more things you would like to do to for yourself. If you find yourself feeling negative, try keeping a gratitude journal.
If you don’t have a journal you can use your computer or laptop instead. You can also print out paper journals from templates online. The key to journaling is really just get started. It’s the first step towards a more mindful and organized life.
Day 8 - A shopping haul
Buy high-quality shampoo, conditioners, and body soap for your showers.
Upgrade your body and face lotions. Buy hands soaps that leave your hands nice and soft. Stick to natural ingredients for an added boost to your daily pampering. Switch your cosmetics with ones that are herb-based and organic.
You don’t always need to buy the most expensive beauty products or those that are more of a hype. Finding the best one for you will make you look good and feel good.
Day 9 - Make your own facial mask
Look around your cabinets and you’ll likely find plenty of ingredients to make into a face mask. Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, honey, banana, oatmeal, and cucumbers are all great items to use.
If you can’t spare too many items just add some olive oil to brown sugar and use that as a face and lip scrub. Feeding your skin with whole and natural ingredients doesn’t always need to cost a lot.
Day 10 - Game time
Pull out that old board game of monopoly and play with your family. Invite some friends over to play Cards Against Humanity or download a free game on your phone like Heads Up. Nothing is more fun than laughing with friends.
Day 11 - A soothing bath
Put a few drops of essential oil of your choice in the bathtub. In the shower, take the time to breathe in the scent and use this shower to just relax.
If you wish, make yourself a cup of herbal tea before the bath and enjoy with a good read to your liking. Slip into your warm and cozy pajamas once you’re done.
Day 12 - Adopt a bedtime ritual for better sleep
Set your alarm to go off about an hour before you need to get into bed. Turn off all electronics, dim the lights. Fix your central air to make the room cooler about 65 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid eating too late. If it helps you to calm down get in the bed with a good book.
These little things will help you to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep throughout the night. You will feel energetic and much more willing to start out your day without resentment.
So here you go. We hope that the self-care advent calendar can help you to enjoy a joyful Christmas free of stress.
Don’t forget to comment and tell us about your favorite self-care activity. Until next time!