The holiday season is upon us, and that often means being in the thick of a lot the busy season as well! Holidays, family time, shopping, finances, school breaks, events, work obligations, and travel tend to make this time of year more hectic than most. 

I don’t know about you, but being busy makes it hard for me to slow down, be thankful, and to take care of myself. Which is a shame, since a big part of this time of year is about having gratitude and remembering what’s really important. 

I’ve been super busy with work these past few months. I feel a bit rundown, sleep deprived, and overwhelmed, so I thought I’d take a minute to focus on thankful self-care and to talk a bit about what that may look like for you. 

What are You Thankful for?

Whether you decide to take a minute with a piece of paper, to write things down in your phone, or just to think about them during your workout or your commute, think about what you’re thankful for. Don’t just think about the big picture, think about the little things, too. For instance, I’m thankful for my kids, but specifically I’m thankful for bedtime stories with them. This practice can be really helpful when I start to get buried in the stress of the holidays. And while I think it’s common to think about what you’re thankful for around Thanksgiving and Christmas, I think many of us don’t actually take the time to do it. (Myself included…)

Some other little things I’m thankful for include Costco flowers, fast internet, and that I live somewhere with so many outdoor adventure opportunities. What are yours? 

How are You Thankful for Yourself?

Okay, we’ve thought about what we are thankful for. A lot of us probably talked about our families, jobs, friends, spouses, etc. Now, think about the things about you that you’re thankful for. For some of us, this can be a little trickier. So often we are thankful for the things that affect us, but not for ourselves specifically. This minor change in perspective can do a lot for your confidence, self-love, and overall happiness. 

I’m thankful that I work hard, that I value my time with family, and that I’ve taken the time to better myself through therapy and self-discovery. What are yours? Maybe you are thankful that you’re healthy, that you’re a good friend, or that you prioritize your kids. Think about these things and use them when thinking about how to take care of yourself this holiday season.  

Self-Care Activities

Now that you’ve thought about what you’re thankful for, and the things about yourself that you’re thankful for, take the time to make a plan for self-care for a few days this holiday season. Everyone is different and approaches self-care differently. Sometimes it can be hard to understand what self-care even means. Truthfully, it’s just taking a minute to do something that brings you happiness. It’s choosing you instead of your family, work, or other obligations. It’s doing something that will help recharge your body and your mind so the rest of life is a little bit easier. 

Some ideas include:

 

  • Keeping a gratitude journal: I always thought a gratitude journal was sort of silly, until I started keeping one. My kids even started doing one! It really has done wonders for my perspective when things start to get hectic. 
  • Trying a new recipe: Trying a new recipe offers the fun of doing something new with the added perk of learning a new meal that can benefit your entire household. Make something you want to make! I have a ton of fun recipes in my Crockpot Cookbook!
  • Going on a walk: It’s great for your body, but also great for your mind. Bundle up, put on a podcast, and take some time out of the house for yourself.
  • Doing something new with your kids: I sometimes get stuck in a rut with what I do with my kids, so it can be exciting for everyone to do something new. Go to a park you’ve never gone to, take a day trip to a nearby town, or try a new restaurant with them. 
  • Doing nothing: Sometimes the best kind of self-care is just to do nothing. Schedule a day to watch Netflix, stay in bed, or order dinner in. It’s okay to take a break. 

 

I’m so thankful for the time I get with my kids, my family, and myself over the holidays, but I’d be lying if I said no part of the holidays stressed me out! 

That’s why I try to remember to take part in a little bit of self-care in order to recharge and help my mindset through this time of year.

Self-care is basically a way to recharge. It’s putting gas in the car when the tank gets low, or plugging your phone in when the battery is low. It’s hard to run forever without recharging, so make sure you practice some thankful self-care this November! 

You deserve it!

xo Natalie