I certainly love love love this time of year, but now it means the holidays – and sometimes the madness – are in full swing. This year, with a large group of friends, parties to attend, traveling to see my family – I sure know I’m going to be busy. And in this busy season, the person I tend to forget most is myself.
I know we are taught giving is better than receiving & others typically come first this time of year. But a girls gotta rest! I am sure others of you struggle with putting yourself last on the totem pole and foregoing some much-needed “me time” in the month of December. So here are 31 ways you can treat, pamper, and refresh yourself during the holidays!
1. Give yourself a manicure before a busy work week or holiday party. It’ll help you feel more put together and acknowledge that you had the time to put yourself first.
2. Make a crock pot dinner in advance so you can come home to nice a warm meal all ready to go.
3. Journal. I always forget to write in my journal, but I feel so much better and my thoughts seem to make so much more sense after I do!
4. Turn your phone off early & make it a point to disconnect with social media for a time, whether it just be a night or a weekend.
5. Set a reasonable goal & stick to it for the month. By setting a goal, I find myself feeling much better about myself. It’s also nice to focus on something that doesn’t have to do with the holidays. Some possibilities are:
- drink 32 0z of water every day
- workout 4 times this week
- Wake up 15 minutes earlier to do something like read, workout, etc.
6. Watch a Christmas movie.
No holiday season is complete without The Grinch in my book!
7. Do nothing for one night. Don’t make plans, enjoy being inside & giving yourself a break.
8. Take a hot bath – bubbles not optional!
9. Say no. Don’t overbook yourself or feel you have to be a part of every party or social gathering.
10. Buy a new sweater or holiday outfit for yourself.
I treated myself to this “ugly” Christmas sweater. It was just calling my name. 😉
11. Take a day off of work if you can & seek to use it as time to relax or catch up on things you need to do.
12. Make time for reading something you really enjoy. Go and buy a new book or magazine if you need to. I find that starting a new book at the beginning of the month helps me keep up with my “me time” throughout the month.
13. Host or attend a dinner party or social gathering for your closest friends to reconnect & celebrate the season with the people who are most important to you.
14. Get a haircut if you need one. There’s nothing better than going into the holiday season without having to worry about your hair.
15. Bake your favorite holiday cookies or treats. Sharing optional.
My favorite Christmas cookies – chocolate peppermint pudding cookies!
16. Remember to moisturize! Use a scrub on your hands/feet/body and really do up the lotion before you go to bed to beat the dryness this winter.
17. Go to bed early. Lots of things in this season call us to slave away shopping, baking, making things, or being at social events. Take a break and make it a point to get some shut-eye early if that’s your thing.
18.Make holiday shopping a date with a friend. Grab a coffee or lunch before you shop and give yourself plenty of time to wade through the crowds, taking it slow instead of rushing.
19. Have some hot chocolate or a peppermint mocha, perhaps?
20. Tackle an unfinished project you started a while ago and check it off your list before the year ends.
21. Save some money for a rainy day or for something you’ve been wanting for a while now.
22.Try a new workout. Need some inspiration, perhaps?
23. Make a holiday craft you can keep throughout the years – an ornament or a wreath, perhaps?
24. Go to your favorite treat food joint by yourself: Starbucks, the bakery, a local sandwich shop – whatever you love – and savor every sip and bite.
25. Be outdoors. Take a quick walk and breathe in the crisp winter air.
26. Organize something. Maybe the desk you’ve let get too cluttered or a closet you have ignored for a while. Let organizing be your therapy and reap the benefits of decluttering and having an orderly life.
27. Let go of the need to do it all, have a perfect holiday, or get all the right gifts. If come near the end of the month, you don’t “have it all together,” don’t beat yourself up for it. You probably did more than you realize!
28. Call or text a good friend and check in with them.
29. Wake up early to read the Bible.
My absolute favorite way to start the day.
30. Reflect on the year that has passed and recall all you have done in this time. Look through photos or write down memories that make you feel grateful and accomplished for the year you had.
31. Think about goals you might want to make (or not make) for next year & write them down. Be mindful & excited for the year to come.
I hope you found these useful, refreshing, & can put some of these ideas to good use. Here’s to a fun but restful season to you all!
Questions for You:
- Where does “me time” fall in your priorities in the month of December?
- What would you add to this list?