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Why We Need to Prioritize Self-Care During the Holidays




The holiday season can be a magical time filled with love, joy, celebration—and stress. It is all too easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of obligations, expectations, and to-do lists. Then there can be family pressures and work/school obligations to contend with. It’s no surprise that I would choose to highlight the importance of self-care, especially during the holiday season. It is best to think of it as a necessity, not a luxury. 


The Gift of Resilience 

The holiday season can be a hectic period, often testing our emotional and physical resilience. (Great teaching moments!) Prioritizing self-care equips us with the tools to navigate stress and challenges with grace… or at least try to handle them with grace ;) By nurturing our well-being, we build resilience, enabling us to face the season's demands with a positive and empowered mindset. I like to think of it as your bounce back rate. 


Maintaining Emotional Balance 

Joy, gratitude, stress, sadness—we can feel a myriad of emotions during the holidays. Prioritizing self-care allows us to check in with our emotions and address them in a healthy way. To begin with, it’s important that we pay attention to what emotions come up. Let’s face it: it’s not realistic to feel festive and joyful 24/7! Pausing to recognize how we feel allows us to tend to our needs. 


Preventing Burnout 

The holiday hustle can quickly lead to burnout if we neglect our own needs. Start to recognize the signs of burnout and take proactive steps to prevent it. When we prioritize self-care, it’s like a safeguard for us that helps ensure we can savor the festivities without compromising our mental and physical health. 


Fostering Connection

The holidays are a time for connection, both with others and ourselves. We cultivate a deeper connection with our own needs and desires when we put those needs first. This self-awareness and care allows us to be our best selves, which can enhance our ability to connect authentically with others and foster more meaningful relationships. I love connecting with my community this time of year!


Setting Healthy Boundaries 

I bring this up often for the best reason: BOUNDARIES ARE A MUST! Say NO if you don’t want to do something. I know it is easier said than done, but taking care of ourselves involves understanding our limits. The holiday season often comes with a flurry of invitations and commitments. Prioritizing self-care allows us to set healthy boundaries and say no when needed. This empowerment ensures that our time and energy are invested in activities that align with our values and bring genuine joy. 


Journaling Prompt: take a few minutes to reflect on what you need this holiday season and how you can prioritize your own self-care.

 

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