Photo by: Whitney Wysong
I cannot believe that Thanksgiving has already come and gone. It’s crazy that we are almost to December! Now, everyone is gearing up for Christmas and New Years and I could not be more excited about it, but a lot of stress does tend to come with all of the excitement, as well, which is why it is so important to focus on self-care leading into the holiday season. Today, I am giving you my best self-care tips! Hopefully, these tips will help you all focus on self-care so that you can reduce your stress, get back on track with your health, and start the New Year off on a great foot. Here are a few ways that you can incorporate self-care into your holiday plans:
Plan Your Shopping in Advance
While planning your holiday shopping is not a self-care act, it will help reduce your stress and create more time for you to enjoy the holidays and treat yourself to other acts of self-care. Each year, so many people tell themselves that they will get their Christmas shopping done in advance, but Halloween and then Thanksgiving comes along and all of the original plans are usually thrown out the window. Most years, I find myself doing last minute shopping which is typically very stressful (and crowded). To avoid this, make a list of everyone you are giving gifts to and try to get them all at least one thing before Thanksgiving. I was already able to snag a couple of gifts during Black Friday and today is Cyber Monday so be sure to check out all of the amazing deals from the comfort of your own home. You can also check out my 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Her, here.
Treat Yourself To A Massage or Facial
Getting a massage is a really great way to focus on self-care during the upcoming holiday season! It will allow you to take your mind off of your holiday checklists and to do’s and instead, focus on yourself and how your body feels. It will allow you to truly soak in the peace and relaxation around you in the midst of a chaotic time of year. If you are local, be sure to check out SpaGo Day Spa! And definitely don’t forget to get a facial. I find myself getting facials more than massages. I am not quite into my thirties yet, but I am trying to do better about my skincare while I am still young. It’s taken me a good 1-2 years to nail down a skincare routine that is perfect for me and I am so happy I started when I did. I will share more on my exact skincare regimen later, but if you are looking for skincare tips. I would highly recommend you check out Jordan Harper – she is the best! I love her. You can also have a skin consultation with an esthetician at a local day spa so they can look at your skin and get you started on a personal plan! Getting a facial and massage will make you feel happy, relaxed, and ready to take on the rest of the holiday season!
Check Off Any Doctor Visits
One thing that you may be avoiding (especially during this time of year) is your doctor and dentist. While visiting them is not a ton of fun, it’s very important to make sure that you are staying healthy and strong going into the New Year. That’s why I believe you should knock out your appointments before the holidays. Dr. Simms with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC says, “Teeth cleaning is a routine part of a dental checkup, but you may not realize how important regular teeth cleaning can be for your overall health. Medical studies have shown that good oral hygiene not only helps prevent tooth loss, but can prevent heart disease, dementia and issues of diabetes, as well.” Located in Decatur, Georgia, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC is a full-service dentist office providing services such as teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, orthodontics, and more. According to their website, Dr. Simms is a dentist you can trust, so if you are looking for a new dental office in the Atlanta area, they may be the right people for you!
Be intentional with your time and make sure you are focusing enough on yourself and your needs. Put aside the gift wrapping, turkey making, and house cleaning when you need a minute to yourself and really think about what you need. Take a bubble bath, read a book, snuggle in bed for 10 more minutes, or go on a walk. Whatever you need to do – make it happen by being intentional with your time.
The holidays can be stressful, but if you focus on self-care, your stress will be reduced and it will help start your New Year off strong!