The holiday season is here, which means it can be difficult sometimes to find time for yourself. Remember that it is just as important for you to take care of yourself as it is to care for everyone else and all of their needs. Self-care isn’t just for women who have extra time on their hands! EVERYONE should make time for it! Here are some relaxing self-care rituals, including how to use a daily self care planner to help incorporate more self-care into your daily routine without spending a lot of time away from your family this holiday season.
Practicing a mindful attitude during the holidays can reduce stress. Begin journaling mindfulness and these other techniques to reduce stress. But first, know that you are not alone if you find your stress level rising as autumn settles in and the holiday season looms large? A 2015 survey by Healthline found that almost two-thirds of people report that their stress level increased throughout the holiday season. I found it particularly interesting that even more women than men reported higher stress during the holiday season. What’s the difference? Could it be because we get carried away with trying to pull off the “perfect” holiday each year?
Did you know that the benefits of therapy are for everyone? Many people think the only reason to see a therapist is that they are mentally unbalanced. The truth is you don’t have to be having a mental health crisis to benefit from seeing a therapist. Therapy (also called psychotherapy) helps you develop coping skills, improve thought patterns, and even help with various health conditions. The sad truth is that many of us grew up with the idea that feelings are private and we should not talk about them. Talking about feelings gives the impression that you’re weak.
As a busy mom and grandma, I find it hard to make time for myself. While you may not have an hour each day, you probably do have five minutes to practice some 5 minute self care. When you are so active that you forget to take care of yourself, it becomes even more essential to slip in snippets of five minutes of self care. Here are ten easy self care tips for women that you can start using today!