Although the holiday season allows for loved ones to be together and prepare for the new year ahead, it also allows individuals to step away from certain responsibilities and prioritise their me-time.
This can be done through self-care.
The definition of self-care can be interpreted in many ways. According to Headspace (an information site that makes mental health support accessible to everyone), any act that offers the relaxation, support, or joy one seeks is valid. This includes saying “no” to invites or requests, or spending time alone to rest and do nothing.
To feel mentally and physically well this holiday season, here are a few self-care ideas you can practice:
Show how grateful you are for the people and things in your life. This can be done by writing in a journal about what you appreciate in your life, or letting others know the gratitude you feel, says Harvard Health Publishing (HHP), the consumer health information division of Harvard Medical School.
Care for your physical health
While caring for your mind, do not forget to care for your body too. Headspace suggests that people preserve their physical health through actions such as having healthy sleep hygiene or practicing mindful eating. “It can also look like taking time to schedule a daily walk, a habit that studies show can help reduce anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, and a negative mood, while also boosting self-esteem,” the info hub adds.
Monitor your stress level
HHP adds that people can write down their stress levels during various times of the day while also taking note of the situation they are in when feeling stressed. HHP further suggests, “Have a list of activities you can engage in to relax for a few minutes. Perhaps this is taking a walk, doing a few minutes of yoga, or watching a favourite TV show or movie.”
Engage in relaxation activities
Allow yourself to unwind by engaging in an imagery exercise, deep breathing, listening to soothing music, or other activities that ensure you are feeling relaxed, says the above-mentioned health hub.