The holidays are a very festive time of year. We normally spend time with loved ones and surround ourselves with tree lightings and winter activities. With the current status of things, the one word that comes to mind is adaptation. Nothing is as it once was, but that doesn't mean it can't be just as magical. How do we enjoy this time of year and maintain our mental well being when isolation is the new norm? I'm glad you asked, Self Care. We can communicate with loved ones via video chat, text messages and phone calls where we lose track of time because it feels good to hear their voice.But we can still can find a way to add that holiday cheer when we are far from family and friends. Here are a few self care tips and tricks to start some new holiday traditions that you can do on your own or with your family. Check them out:
Baking holiday cookies
Take a walk and admire the holiday lights and decorations
Find a holiday craft on Pinterest
Create a hot chocolate bar choc full of mini marshmallow, crushed candy canes, and whipped cream
Listen to some festive music
Take on a holiday plant such as a mini pine, holly or poinsettias
Get a pair of holiday pajamas, great for watching movies and snuggling up with a cozy blanket
Find a holiday aromatherapy scent (Cinnamon, Orange, peppermint etc) for your wall plugs, diffuser or wax melter.
Whatever you do, do it to the tune of some holiday music and lean in heavily to this cheerful time of year. Things may be difficult and we may be missing loved ones like never before, but we deserve to live in the now for a few moments out of every day. Surviving is usually second nature, it’s being happy that takes work.