The holidays can be a time of mixed emotions and extra stress for caregivers. Celebrations, special traditions, and wonderful memories can bring great joy, although there can also be unpleasant family members, grief for those who have passed, and an overwhelming to-do list. Self-care is an extremely effective way to reduce stress, improve well-being, and help you find some joy in these challenging situations.
Self-care looks different for everyone, but we’ve listed some ideas to help you in your self-care journey this holiday season:
Make time for yourself!
Although it may seem impossible to make time for yourself in the midst of the stressful holiday season, taking even ten minutes for yourself can positively impact your mental health. Take a breath outside, meditate, or chat with a loved one to help you rest.
Affirmations can help to align yourself with your intentions for the day, week, month, or even the next 20 minutes. Affirmations are any statements that help you feel empowered, including “I am strong,” “I am powerful,” and “I will get through this.”
It can be quite easy to forget to drink water, especially when bogged down by a busy schedule. Drinking 2.7 liters of water for women, and 3.7 liters for men, will keep you from being dehydrated and will help you be more productive throughout the day!