Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Some tips for self-care at Christmas

There is no doubt that self-care is important all through the year, but with the hectic nature of Christmas it’s ever so crucial at the moment. Looking after ourselves first tends to go on the back burner anyway, but around Christmas you have so many more obligations thrown at you that it’s easy to forget about yourself.

You can’t pour from an empty cup, so it’s important you remember to try and maintain at least a little balance over the festive period. Here’s just a few things you can do to take care of yourself this Christmas.


Banish guilt
You know that guilt you feel when you eat a little too much chocolate? Or let loose with a massive meal full of naughty food? There is no place for it at Christmas. There is absolute nothing wrong with treating yourself to ‘cheat meals’ every now and then, but even more so over the Christmas break. Indulge yourself without feeling guilty, you’ll enjoy it so much more.


Move a little
You don’t need to spend hours in the gym over the holiday period burning off your Christmas dinner, but a little stroll outside in the fresh air will make you feel so much better. Both physically and mentally. That said if you do want to use t time off work to get a head start on the gym good for you! 

Stay hydrated
With the holidays comes a lot of eating and drinking, but remember to keep yourself topped up on water too. For a start it’ll help reduce potential hangovers, but it’ll also make you feel better. Dehydration causes headaches, dry skin and all in all won’t leave you feeling great. Sadly wine doesn’t help with hydration so make sure you drink something that does.


Say no
This time of year brings many social obligations. Whilst it’s understandable (and flattering) that family and friends want to see you, that doesn’t need to be at the expense of yourself. 
The end of the year is the idea time to get yourself rested and recharged for 2020, and you can’t do that if you are travelling all over the place because you feel you have to. 


Take breaks from social media 
Regular breaks from social media can be beneficial at any point in the year, but especially at Christmas. It’s true that social media is a highlight reel, and it can make us feel as though our lives aren’t as great as what we are seeing. Social media hides the negative and doesn’t give a true reflection of someone’s life, so it’s good to disengage and spend some time in the ‘real’ world. 

Plus, there’s nothing worse than spending time with people for them to sit in their phone. It’s rude, and makes spending time together a little pointless. Put the phone away, and enjoy yours time with your loved ones.

What are you doing to look after yourself this Christmas?
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  1. These are brilliant. I am guilty of not doing most (if not all) of these. Must do more for my own self care!

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    1. Thank you lovely! It’s so easy to forget, especially at this time of year when there are a million other things going on!

      Em x

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  2. These are such great tips! I definitely am working on saying no this holiday season, which is crucial self care. Thanks for the post!

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  3. I can be so hard to do, but it’s so important! Glad you liked the post lovely!

    Em x

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  4. Great advice here!! The biggest one for me is stayin off social media, I find that my moods lift so much staying off it!! Plus like you said, it sucks when you're trying to spend time with someone and they're glued to their phone!! Hope you have a great christmas hun!! xx

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    1. It's hard to get yourself to put the phone down, but I always feel better for it! We have a rule in our house, so anyone sat on their phone gets it locked in the safe!

      Hope you had a great Christmas lovely!

      Em xx

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  5. Love these! I think Christmas is a time we tend to forget to take care of us as we focus on everyone else and having the perfect Christmas. I love taking social media breaks around this time, making memories is much more important and it's nice to get away from it for a while. I also think letting go of the guilt is a great tip, it's so easy to feel like you've done something wrong by eating a whole tub of celebrations but so what, Christmas calories don't count, right? Haha

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. Absolutely. There's just do much going on and so much to think about, it just slips to the back burner and gets neglected a little.
      Christmas calories totally don't count! I always pig out and spoil myself at Christmas time haha

      Em xx

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