The new year is coming (in case you didn’t know) and it’s the month when we all seem to get a little…frazzled.
“So… I’m supposed to stay motivated at work, plan what to say to my family when they ask why I’m still single at Christmas dinner AND buy all my significant others gifts in two weeks?!” (P.S. it’s called Amazon Prime, y’all)
Seriously, the holidays are no joke! But something I’ve found extremely important is self-care.
Repeat after me: it is important to take care of yourself.
‘Tis the season for giving to others, but don’t forget to prioritize your mind, body, and spirit.
“The body is an outstanding source of strength; the mind an incredible source of intelligence; the heart an uncommon source of might; and the soul a remarkable source of power.”
Idk, I found this on Google and it seemed pretty relevant.
Make Time for Exercise
I cannot tell you how important this is to me. Like more important than recording the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. With the stress of the holidays… I’ve found the best way to deal with said stress is by releasing these lovely little things called endorphins. I know exercising doesn’t seem ideal and everyone puts it off until January to start their “resolution,” but why not make time for your health (and sanity) now?
Major key: mapping out your weekly workouts. Sounds psycho, I know, but it works. I use a planner and sit down every Sunday to plan when I’m gonna squeeze in my sweat sessions.
Cut Back On Caffeine
THIS. THIS RIGHT HERE. This is what I struggle with the most. & I’m not over here preachin’ to the choir that I don’t drink an excess of Red Bull. I truly do. (Especially the purple sugar-free ones, sweet Jesus they’re good).
And I’m writing this to tell us all… cut that ish out. We are all tired, the end of the year is coming up, we are sleeping less and Christmas partying more. It super easy to wear your body down and slam back coffee to get through the week.
Here’s my tip: start every meal by drinking a FULL glass of water. It’ll wake you up and keep you hydrated. And when you feel tired, try going for walk instead.
I’ll keep this one short and simple: stretching is a proven stress relief, improves posture, helps with blood flow. The whole shebang.
Next time you’re sitting down watching Netflix, sit down and stretch while doing so. Like Netflix and Chill but… Netflix and Stretch?
Stop using your thumbs to rant via text about your emotions. (Hi, guilty). Instead, write down your thoughts. You’ll feel so much better and be able to actually reflect on yourself and how you’re doing throughout the week.
And if you’re like me… you’ll write down all your to-do lists for the day. I swear there is something SO CALMING about crossing things off lists.
Stop what you’re doing and just blast some music. Sing some old school Britney Spears on the top of your lungs and tell me if you feel better. If you really want a good playlist to get lost in- check out the A Star is Born soundtrack. I’m annoyingly obsessed. I love you, Bradley Cooper.
Turn Off Your Phone
I am hands down the worst about this. Some like to say I have a phone obsession (I beg to differ) but it is SO easy to let social media consume us. 2019 and I’m going to try turning my phone off an hour before bed just to read, reflect… or just watch mindless TV without any distractions.
Sometimes you need a little Jesus to ground you and bring you back to life. Here is one of my favorite devo’s right now.
Catch up with one friend/family member daily
When is the last time you called your grandma? Your best friend from high school? Exactly. There’s just something nice about reaching out and showing someone you care to pause your busy life and see how they’re doing. It’ll make them feel better and in return… So will you.
Volunteer, pay for someone’s coffee, bring your friend lunch. So many ways to give back and so many ways TO FEEL LIKE A GOOD HUMAN BEING. We need more of them, TBH.