Whilst Christmas is said to be “such a wonderful time of year”, it can also be one of the most overwhelming, and bring on feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness.
No matter how much you practice self-care or mindfulness normally, everything can go out the window on Christmas Day. Whether we’re worried about eating too many cookies, missing a loved one, or feeling frantic trying to see all the family on one day, it’s far too easy to get swept up in craziness.
Thankfully, with a bit of planning, you can have a Christmas day full of joy and bliss.
All you need is a little bit of self-care, and I’m about to share exactly how you can do that. You can follow along with every step, or pick and choose the ones that resonate with you.
Though to really feel the calming effects of self-care on Christmas day, my top tip is to sprinkle small moments of self-care throughout the whole day.
Savour the morning
If you can, start the morning off slowly. Sit and sip a warm drink (lemon in warm water or your favourite tea are great options). Perhaps gift yourself a short at-home yoga practice before everyone else rises. If you can, get outside and enjoy your drink in the sun. If you’ve got small children, wait until after all the presents have been unwrapped and explored, then take the time for yourself.
Eat a nutritious breakfast
Although you probably have a big lunch or dinner planned, don’t skip out on breakfast to save calories. Instead, fill your belly with something easy and nutritious, like a green goddess smoothie, chia seed pudding or high protein zucchini fritters. That way you won’t be starving and make poor choices come lunch time.
Soak in some stillness
Take 5 or 10 minutes (or longer if you like!) to sit and meditate. Put in your earphones and listen to beautiful guided meditation or reflect on how grateful you are for everything that will happen today. Express your gratitude for the people you will see, the food you will enjoy and the gifts you will receive. You can even pull out your journal and write a gratitude list if you like.
See also: 12 Days Of Self-Care Journal Prompts
Plan and give yourself the gift of time
To avoid getting caught in a mad rush, plan your morning to allow yourself plenty of time to get ready. Set an alarm if needs be and overestimate the time you will need. If you’re hosting Christmas lunch or dinner, enlist the help of others so that you’re not burdened with the whole hosting gig. There’s no need to feel guilty asking for help – most people will be happy to feeling they’ve been of assistance. While planning and organising the way you’ll spend your morning may not seem like a traditional act of self-care, anything that helps you feel calmer and less anxious qualifies as self-care to me.
Feel good from the outside-in
Christmas is definitely a day when you want to dress nicely, and I think looking after your appearance can certainly help to make you feel good. Use your favourite natural beauty products when showering and getting ready today. And give yourself an all over massage as you apply your moisturiser!
Wear clothes that make you feel beautiful. Pull out your favourite dress, dig into the jewellery that you only wear on special occasions, and maybe even put on red lipstick. I know I always feel confident and sexy when I’m wearing a red lip.
Check in with yourself throughout the day
If you find yourself reaching for the chip bowl over and over, pause and ask yourself if you’re really hungry. Before loading your plate up with everything on the table, pause and ask yourself what you actually want to eat. If you keep topping up your glass with bubbly, again pause and reflect before reaching for the bottle.
When you do eat and drink, do it slowly. Chew everything and really delight in the different flavours. I think Christmas should be a guilt-free eating experience and you shouldn’t restrict yourself at all, but it’s best to do so in moderation. Having one or two cookies is great, but eating so many that you feel sick is not. So check in with your hunger throughout the day to try and avoid completely stuffing yourself.
Take a break if you need it
Don’t be afraid to take a few minutes to yourself. No one will mind if you slip away for 5 minutes to recharge. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, find a quiet corner and take some time for you. You might like to meditate, take a few deep breaths, steam some essential oils, or simply head outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Also know that you don’t have to join in on the usual family debates and you don’t have to chase your little cousins around all day. But you do have to look after yourself, so take some time out if you need it.
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Unwind at the end of the night
As you tuck yourself in to bed at the end of the day, take a few moments and reflect on the day. You can ask yourself a few questions: What am I grateful for? What am I proud of doing today? How did I feel throughout it all? If your overindulged a little too much today, sip on a mug of peppermint tea. It will aid the digestion process and is a really nice way to unwind from a busy day.
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Do you have any tips for self-care on Christmas day? Share them in the comments below so you too, can help and inspire everyone who visits CASA DE KARMA for self-care inspiration.
Whatever you do for self-care during Christmas, keep it simple, enjoyable and fit it in wherever you can. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and remember to honour your own needs.
P.S. Who do you know that needs help practicing self-care over Christmas? Forward this article to them now (or the big share buttons are just below for you). They’ll be grateful and thank you for it later.