As mothers, we all know the holiday season can be extremely stressful and overwhelming (especially when you have young kids running around). And it doesn’t make it easier that we’re usually hosting holiday gatherings, decorating, prepping holiday meals, juggling the kids, buying gifts, and so on. And then people ask us why we’re absolutely exhausted (LOL!)
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Just like with anything, you need to remember to take care of yourself first. Self-care is not selfish! It’s essential for your well-being and will actually help you push through all the holiday craze.
How to practice self-care for the holiday season
Self-care looks different for everyone and really depends on your individual needs. It can be anything from a little spa day at home with some DIY masks, an early morning walk before everyone is up and about, meditation, exercise, etc…
But, it can also mean seeking support from family and loved ones when you need it. That’s something we as mothers tend to forget.
Regardless of what you choose, here are a few ways we like priotize self-care here at 2x4!
A LOT of me time
Take time for yourself - it’s important. Whether you’re waking up early, or sneaking away mid-day, make sure to set aside at least 10-15 minutes (more if you can) every day for a self-care activity that you enjoy.
Meditate, journal, read a book, or heck…take a nap! You do you, but do it ritually for at least 10 minutes a day.
Stay Organize and Plan Ahead
Sometimes it helps to write things down the old-fashioned way. Make a list of all things that need to be done for the holiday season ahead of time, even before thanksgiving if possible. Then what you can do is start to reorganize your schedule and prioritize tasks, breaking them down into smaller more manageable steps.
This just helps avoid any last-minute stress. It works for us every year!
Set aside a Holiday Sinking Fund
Set a budget for your holiday expenses, including gifts, food, decorations, and travel.
It helps take away any budgeting and spending stresses. That way you can prioritize your spending and focus on the things that are most important to you and your family.
Also keep an eye out for deals and discounts on holiday items. Consider alternative gift options, such as homemade gifts or experiences.
We know the holiday season can be a stressful and overwhelming time for moms, so we do hope that these tips can help manage some of the stress for you!