In many parts of the country, the days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colors, and we’re snuggling up and getting ready for the cold winter months. And, just like the winter season and holiday months looks different for everyone, so may our self-care routines. As the seasons change, it’s important to pay attention to the type of self-care you need, and re-evaluate accordingly.
We’ve written about self-care before, but with the holiday season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to not only set your self-care goals, but also establish firm ways to keep those rituals a priority. Here are four of our favorite ways to do so.
Define what “self-care” means for you
First thing’s first, what does “self-care” look like for you this time of year? Does it mean taking quiet time before and after big family gatherings? Does it mean saying “no, thank you” to that extra beverage or investing in a sun lamp? Does it mean keeping up with your half marathon training?
Whatever self-care looks like for you during this season of get-togethers, delicious meals and general time for reflection, it’s important to establish what you want to prioritize. And don’t just think about them, write them down! You can use the Notes app on your phone, or even just a good ol’ fashioned pen and paper. Writing down your priorities gives you a reference guide when things get stressful and may even help you feel more accountable. A self-care to-do list, if you will.
Pay attention to your energy
A large component of self-care is protecting your energy. Notice how you’re feeling when you’re receiving an invite to an event. Is this something you want to do, or something you feel like you have to do? During the winter months, when the days are shorter and the weather not as friendly, it is vital to protect our often minimized energy. Set boundaries, and don’t overcommit.
Another way to protect your energy is by paying attention to how certain food and drinks make you feel. The holidays are filled with amazing and delicious food and beverages, but a good way to practice self-care is to enjoy the goodies, but not over-indulge. Help yourself stay balanced by not forgetting the H20 either. Need some simple tips to make sure you’re drinking enough water? We’ve got your back!
Remember your health is #1
Take care of your body, especially if you will be traveling during the holidays! Take precautions - take your vitamins, make sure you get enough sleep, and generally just keep your health top of mind. If you’re entertaining family and friends this season, this is extra important. As the saying goes, we can’t pour from an empty cup - taking care of yourself first will help you be there for everyone else when you need to be.
Aside from all that, maintaining your exercise routine (or at least pretty close to it) will also help your body stay functioning at full capacity. Our team is on-the-go pretty much all year round, so squeezing in workouts between flights is nothing out of the ordinary. That being said, we know it might not come naturally for everyone, so we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to keep fitness a priority while traveling here.
Recruit an accountability buddy
Accountability buddies make everything better. You have one for workouts, why not extend that to a self-care challenge with a coworker, or even a group of friends? Just like a gym buddy, a self-care buddy will hold you to your goals and help you get back on track if you veer off course.
Between daylight hours dimming, weather changing, gift giving and gearing up to go to grandma’s, this time of year can take a huge toll on our bodies. Self-care is important all year round, but what better way to end the year than by making sure you feel your very best?