This past week I have been feeling into ways to navigate the silly season with peace and ease through eight great self-care practices that I know have helped myself and my clients over the years.
As the holiday season approaches, the hustle and bustle of festivities can often become overwhelming. Balancing social commitments, shopping for gifts, and managing various work or personal responsibilities can leave us feeling drained. This "silly season" doesn't have to be synonymous with stress. Incorporating self-care practices into your routine can help you navigate this busy time with grace and maintain your well-being.
1. Prioritise Rest:
Amidst the chaos, don't forget the importance of rest. Ensure you get enough sleep to recharge your body and mind. Consider establishing a bedtime routine, creating a calming environment, and limiting screen time before sleep to promote quality rest.
2. Set Boundaries:
Learn to say no when necessary. It's okay to decline invitations or requests that may overburden you. Setting clear boundaries for yourself and others helps manage expectations and allows you to prioritise activities that align with your well-being.
3. Practice mindful breathing:
Incorporate mindful breath techniques to stay present and reduce stress. Whether it's deep breathing practices, or simply taking a few moments to appreciate the present, a shorter inhale and a longer exhale can provide a sense of calm in your whole body amid the chaos.
4. Stay Active:
Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress and boost your mood. Schedule time for exercise, whether it's a brisk walk, a home workout, or a yoga or dance session. Regular movement contributes to both your physical and mental well-being.
5. Simplify Celebrations:
Reevaluate your holiday traditions and celebrations. Simplify where possible, focusing on meaningful moments rather than trying to meet unrealistic expectations. Consider alternatives like virtual gatherings or potluck-style meals to share the load.
6. Connect with Loved Ones and Close Friends:
Amidst the chaos, take time to connect with loved ones and close friends. Share your feelings, express gratitude, and support each other. Strengthening your social bonds can provide emotional support and remind you of the true spirit of the season.
7. Indulge in Self-Care Rituals:
Incorporate self-care rituals and Fembodiment™️ practices into your routine. Whether it's a soothing bath, a good book, or enjoying your favourite place in nature, taking intentional moments for yourself can be rejuvenating.
8. Organise and Plan:
Staying organised can alleviate stress. Plan your schedule, create to-do lists, and break tasks into manageable steps. Having a clear plan helps you navigate the holiday season more efficiently.
Surviving the silly season involves intentional self-care practices that prioritise your well-being. By setting boundaries, staying mindful through breathwork practices, and simplifying celebrations, you can embrace the holiday season with a sense of joy and balance. Remember that self-care is not selfish; it's a vital aspect of maintaining your mental and emotional health during this festive time.
Jenni Mears is the founder of The Fembodiment™ Institute, creator and teacher of The Fembodiment™ Method Facilitator Internationally Approved Training. Jenni works in private practice with women and couples in person and online.