The run-up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year. It involves organising festive social events, buying presents and arranging family activities. Many people struggle to enjoy the Christmas season with so much going on. It helps to prepare for the chaotic period ahead and organise a few self-care days to check in with yourself. Here are a few ways you can feel your best in the run-up to Christmas.
Say ‘no’ to events
You don’t need to attend every single Christmas party and event on your calendar. You can say no to people and prioritise some events over others. After the past 18 months, social events might be a bit overwhelming and stressful. Many people have reported a hike in social anxiety since the pandemic began – it’s normal.
Attend the events you actually want to go to and avoid saying yes to everyone. You can take Christmas at your own pace this year – you don’t need to do anything you don’t want to do.
Treat yourself to nice things
We spend so much time buying gifts for other people in the festive season we often forget about ourselves. Treat yourself to a new haircut or buy yourself a Christmas present. It doesn’t have to be something big and expensive. You could buy an LED nail lamp so you can have fresh manicures all year round.
Plan out your time
Get your calendar out and block out a few rest days in the festive period. You could reserve one weekend for hanging out with the children at home and organise a movie marathon. You could block out one evening after work to have an early night and a glass of wine. Small breaks in the festive period can help you to maintain your mental health and self-care routine.
Look after yourself
Christmas involves a lot of alcoholic and tasty treats. Of course, these things taste delicious at first – but will probably leave you feeling sluggish and bloated the next day. If you’re feeling exhausted, eat a healthier meal and cut out the booze. You can enjoy yourself while making sure you look after your body as well. Indulge in a few cocktails at a Christmas party and avoid drinking at home alone. Christmas is a difficult time of year for many people. You will enjoy the festive season so much more when you have a little time for yourself.