The holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration, but sometimes it’s hard to see the joy when you’re struggling with something. Maybe you’re dealing with a difficult family situation, or maybe there are other stresses that have piled up on top of your holiday preparations. No matter what the reason is for your unhappiness during this time of year, I want to make sure that you know there are ways to take care of yourself and still enjoy yourself! Here are eight self-care tips for when you’re struggling during the holidays:
Self-care is important for everyone. It can mean different things to different people, but it’s about taking care of yourself. You know your needs and what makes you feel good, so take time to meet those needs. Your health and well-being matter, even if it doesn’t seem like it at times. Self-care is not selfish; in fact, practicing self-care may actually help others feel safe as well as connected with you in new ways!
If you’re going on vacation with your family this year, consider making sure everyone knows how much fun they’ll have if they plan ahead and prepare for it. That way they won’t worry about having a great time while also worrying about how much money is being spent on the trip itself or other holiday expenses that are coming up soon after returning home again (and probably before heading back out again). If someone asks you “What are YOU getting ME?”, tell them what YOU want instead! Chances are good that their gift selection isn’t going to match up perfectly anyway – so why not give them something else instead? It’s better than purchasing something from an extremely limited budget because then both parties end up unhappy when one person feels obligated (or worse yet – guilty) over spending too little money on them during such a special occasion like Christmas or Hanukkah…
It can be hard to take care of yourself during the holidays. It’s a time of year when we’re supposed to be giving, sharing and celebrating with our loved ones. But if we don’t take care of ourselves first, we won’t be able to do any of those other things effectively or without breaking down in tears! So try some of these tips out for size (or as many as you can), and remember: it’s totally okay if you don’t want to do all eight at once. Do what works best for your needs!