As we come to the end of the year and the discussions of new year’s resolutions begin to pop up around us we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of the importance of self-care. As you continue to care for your students, your colleagues, your friends, your family, we don’t want you to forget to take care of yourself. There is the saying that you “can’t pour from an empty cup” and that is so very true. We tend to get caught up in caring for others – especially this time of year – that we forget to care for ourselves and before we know it, we feel burnt out, run down, and even sick.
There are many ways that you can practice self-care but here are a few easy ones. HeadSpace reminds us to take time to ourselves by sitting quietly in our own peace for a few moments each day. With all the hustle and bustle between holiday gatherings and family feasts, it’s important to just take a quiet moment to yourself and breathe in that silence and peace of mind. InsideSEL reminds us to make small acts of kindness with our family. These acts can include volunteering at a food pantry (for more ways to volunteer, check out our blog posts “Why Not Volunteer?” and “Giving Back”, making cookies for the neighbors, or even feeding the birds.
Another great way to indulge in a little self-care this holiday season is to practice being present. Psychology Today notes the importance of staying in the moment during the holiday season. We all know that the holidays can cause a lot of stress and anxiety about the future, especially with the New Year around the corner – so try to stay focused on the here and now to prevent over thinking and worries. NAMI also notes the importance of knowing and setting your limits this holiday season. Sadly, we do not run on magic and cookies – so remember that it is okay to say “no” and it is okay to leave the family party a little earlier this year. Harvard noted the importance of engaging in gratitude this holiday season as a part of self-care. It is important to remind yourself what you are grateful for during this time of gift giving – you may not get that cozy sweater you wanted, but maybe you had a lovely cup of hot cocoa instead (For more tips and tricks about practicing gratitude, check out our blog posts here).
Lastly, the Health Coach Institute listed 20 different ways to practice self-care during the holiday season. A few of the items they mentioned were to take care of yourself physically. Take this time off from work to take a cat nap or two, make that doctor’s appointment that you have been putting off, drink some extra water each day, and get some fresh air. For some more great ideas on self care check out our past blog articles here.
We hope this article inspires you to take a moment or two for yourself this holiday season!