'Tis the season to be....overspending, overeating and over socializing (and of course, to be jolly!). While it's important to show yourself some love year round, the act of self care can be particularly difficult during a busy holiday season. Here are some quick tips to stay refreshed and settled for the holidays:
1. Make Yourself a Priority
Carve out time to do your normal daily activities such as exercising, journaling, meditating or whatever it is that makes you happy. Treat yourself if you are able! I love indulging in an hour long facial every once in a while...it forces me to put my phone down and close my eyes. If a facial or massage isn't in your budget, try a quiet meditation session (I love the free Insight Timer app that has everything from beginning meditation courses to hour long guided relaxations).
2. If It's Not a 'Heck yes,' It's a 'No'
This applies to everything from food to family gatherings. We tend to be more flexible with our time, our energy and our values during the holidays to appease others. Don't do something (or eat something, or drink something, or spend on something) that you don't feel good about just because it's December. A few ways to say no: "No.", "No, thank you, that doesn't currently fit in my schedule.", "No, I'm having a dry December.", "No, my budget doesn't allow for that right now.", "I'm sorry, I have other plans for that evening." Be firm, be direct. Saying "yes" when we really want to say no can leave us feeling unsettled and resentful.