Ah, yes – the holidays. Gifts to buy, cards to send, parties to attend, cookies to eat and sanity to keep. While the holiday season can be wonderful in terms of celebrating with friends and family, I know it can also be a considerable source of stress for some. My Self-care Holiday Gift Guide is here to help ease you through the season. Even if someone else has your wish list covered, why not give yourself a much needed gift in the form of seasonal self-care? There are plenty of no-cost to low cost options to guide your holiday spirit:
1 hour of tech-free time. With so many obligations eating at your time, balancing isn’t always easy. If you do nothing else give yourself an hour without the computer, phone or TV and just allow yourself to be present and the distractions to float away. Sip some seasonal tea or just watch the tree lights flicker. But Mar, I have all these presents to wrap?!! Solution: close yourself off in a room, put on some Christmas tunes and enjoy some solitude while mindfully wrapping those gifts.
7 Days of Calm. Since I’m on the topic of being present, my favorite app for a quick break or some meditative time is Calm. I’ve mentioned it many times before and I love it mostly because even the free version gives you a lot of options. Seven days of calm provides an introduction to meditation with a short guided meditation each day on a different topical focus. The next day won’t unlock until you finish the previous and all you need is as little as 10 minutes a day. If you need or want more options, they do offer paid subscription services to a wide variety of guided meditations.
Adult Coloring Books. Coloring is no longer just for Kindergartners! There are some really cool adult coloring books out there using colored pencils. One of my favorites is this compact stress relief book from Amazon (affiliate link). It’s relatively inexpensive at $4.49 with 48 different designs. Though I’m not going to lie, I’ve been known to buy those $2 kids coloring books from CVS and try to stay in the lines using crayons. Whatever works, right?! 😉
Essential Oils. I am so big on essential oils. When I have issues sleeping I use lavender on the pillows or a few drops in my bath for added relaxation. Peppermint is a favorite for breathing assistance (that came in handy for Sinusitis 2016!) and various citrus scents for energy. You do not have to sign up for fancy subscriptions to get essential oils, you can find quality products at your local Whole Foods or any natural foods store. Toilettree Products recently sent me their Color Changing Bamboo and Glass Essential Oil Diffuser from their new Bamboo bathroom products line. It is amazing! You fill the base with water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and watch the base change color. It emits a light mist that basically freshens the room with the scent of the oil. I cannot stop using it.
Treat yo-self!! Of course I had to put this in here, right? This doesn’t mean spending oodles of money on you when you should be shopping for someone else but hey, if you want that new pair of running shoes or tote bag or fancy sunglasses, do it! Better yet, ease some seasonal stress by gifting yourself a much needed massage or pedicure time at the spa. If you’re out running errands, give yourself a break and have that Mrs. Fields cookie, or Auntie Anne’s pretzel or Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. Whatever you need to do to make your spirits bright! On my treat yo-self wish list is this Namast’ay Caffeinated mug. It’s sold by Yogi Memes through Etsy for $18, which is way more than I’d ever spend on a single mug but… I love anything that celebrates my java love and fitness 🙂
Get Organized. As much as I love technology there is something about pen and paper that soothes me. Be it journaling our just daily planning. My needs are fairly simple so recently bought a Mead planner with a pretty cover from Target. It was $7.99 and has everything I need, including additional pages I was able to use for November and December. For runners the Believe training journal is really popular and one of my favorite stores, Paper Source has a great selection of journals, planners, calendars and organizers plus crafty items if you’re into more fancy planning.
Lastly, the best gift of all is to be kind to yourself… Yes the season can be overwhelming and crammed with to-do lists and fitting it all in. But you won’t do yourself or others any favors by giving in to the stress. Take deep breaths and don’t beat yourself up over what in the end amounts to the little things. Enjoy your family and friends, revel in the joy of the season and simply, be kind to yourself and others.
My holiday gift to you is in the form of organization. On the left is a weekly intention printable designed to document a weekly intention and daily gratitude. The one on the right focuses on weekly and daily goals. Print one or more as needed or save to Pinterest for later!
Best wishes for a Happy Happy Holiday season!! What self-care items are on your list?