Last updated on October 2nd, 2022 at 03:43 pm
With all of the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to overlook yourself. We tend to be consumed by work pressures and hectic family schedules. Then add the holidays to the mix, with travel plans, hosting friends and relatives, and finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list–it’s stressful to say the least.
This year, why not gift yourself by filling your calendar with some holiday self-care? And, by the way, the holidays aren’t the only time you should treat yourself to acts of self-care.
Here are are some acts of self-care we recommend to nourish the mind, body, and soul, along with a free printable calendar with 25 ideas for taking care of yourself. It makes a great visual reminder to help make sure we attend to our own needs, because of course, self-care is not selfish!
Ideas for acts of self care
A great way to calm the mind and unwind after a long stressful day is to journal. Practicing self-reflection journaling can help you set goals for yourself, become more mindful, or even just help you get things off your chest. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out this free journal entry printable filled with mindful prompts.
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Allot a few minutes of your morning to practice some mindful meditation. Focus on your breath, and clear your head of any negative thoughts or feelings. This is a wonderful way to start your day with positivity and calm. Not only does regular meditation help boost your mood, but it’s also proven to boost your immune system and undo damaging effects of stress on cells.
Yes, color! Another way to destress and unwind is by coloring. Adult coloring books aren’t just for fun–they’re an amazing way to unplug, reduce anxiety, and focus on the present. You can actually enter a meditative state when your thoughts are focused on this simple activity. (Also read: 30 Stress-Relief Coloring Books for Adults: The Perfect Way to Unwind)
Write Yourself a Love Letter
Another great way to care for yourself is by treating yourself to some well-deserved self-love. Write yourself a love letter by jotting down things you love and admire about yourself, no matter how big or small. If you are in need of a place to begin, check out this printable self-love letter to get you started.
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Get Out in Nature
It’s proven that spending time outside reduces stress levels, lowers heart rate, and stimulates the immune system. So make sure you take some time to get outside, whether it’s for a hike in nature, a morning jog, or brisk walk around the neighborhood. (Also read: 5 Benefits of Spending More Time Outdoors)
Do Something Nice For Someone Else
Helping others helps us meet our most basic psychological needs and does so much good for our mental health. Since the holiday season is a time for giving, try doing something nice for someone else, whether it’s volunteering in your community, donating to charity or surprising someone with one of these punny and positive holiday cards to help brighten their day!
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Self-care shouldn’t feel like a chore, so do things that make you happy! For more ideas, download this 25 days of self-care calendar, complete with 25 treat-yourself ideas to wrap up the year and start the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!