The Secret to Practicing Self Love During the Holidays
The holidays are incredibly fun, and it’s easy to understand why so many look forward to them. Yet, even if you have a great time over the holidays, they can still be stressful. Not only do the holidays cause us to gather together as a family, sometimes bringing up conflicts that you normally would be able to avoid—they also can be a bit expensive, from buying all the ingredients necessary for big holiday meals, to shopping for gifts for family members.
Another stressor that can contribute to the holiday season is the changing of the weather. Colder weather means staying indoors more and going outside less, which more extroverted people can find troubling. Furthermore, we get less daylight during the holidays, and if you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder it’s no wonder that you feel a bit bummed out during the later seasons.
But if you’re proactive, you can enjoy the holidays to the fullest. Remember that practicing self-love is a big part of feeling your best during the holiday season, and while it can sometimes be challenging, taking that step is an important part of feeling your best as the end of the year draws near.
So—let’s look into how you can combat the holiday blues.
1. Stick to a Routine
As much as you may find it challenging to keep up your workout routine at the gym or your regular diet, we recommend doing so as much as possible. The holidays may be disruptive and indulgent, but sticking to a routine not only keeps you feeling your physical best—but consistent mentally as well. As much as you may not like to go to the gym when it’s cold and dark outside, you can keep up with your workout at home, especially if you buy an exercise mat to work off of. Additionally, you may want to adjust your typical workout gear for colder weather. This can help you keep up with activities like jogging—switch out your shorts for long leggings to avoid catching a chill.
2. Indulge Responsibly
Between alcohol-laden holiday parties and big family dinners, there are lots of opportunities to indulge during the holidays—more than you would during the rest of the year, to be sure. And there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself from time to time. But in order to stick to your routine, we suggest indulging responsibly. Stick to healthier meals as much as possible, and try not to drink more than you usually would—overindulgence can lead to you feeling slower and more depressed.
3. Make Minor Seasonal Adjustments
Yes, there is less daylight available during the fall and winter, and yes, this can trigger the blues. Try to make small adjustments during the season—consider buying a heat lamp that can give the extra light you need to combat SAD. For that matter, consider checking out places where you can get your taste of the “outdoors” without being super cold. Greenhouses and aquariums are great places to visit during the colder seasons, as they can take your mind off the weather outside.
4. Reward Yourself
Within reason for your budget, give yourself small rewards for sticking it out during the holiday season. Think about buying the cute outfit you’ve been eyeing for a while as you prepare for holiday parties. Consider taking the trip you’ve been saving for now—get out of the cold weather and enjoy something warmer.
As much as the holidays can be challenging, they’re a great opportunity to have fun and spend time with family. Just be reasonable and understanding to yourself—and never forget to love yourself through the end of the year.