On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to…wait a minute. In which century was that song written? I mean who wants a partridge in a pear tree anyway, or calling birds or maids milking? Excuse me? I have a better idea! How about we bring the 12 Days of Christmas up to speed? Because I guarantee you no one wants leaping lords for Christmas. This year, what should be on everyone’s list is some self-care. So let’s kick off this season with our 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Self-Care Edition.
I’m sure you already know how these things go. Basically for 12 days leading up to Christmas day you give or receive a gift each day. This year you’re going to do both. Plus, you’re also going to be the giver and the receiver, how’s that for a Christmas present? Woo hoo!
Merry Christmas to you!
Self-care falls under wellness. Wellness is referring to the state of your emotional, physical, spiritual, social, intellectual, environmental, financial, and occupational well-being.
By practicing self-care, you can work to improve one or more of these areas of wellness. Improving these areas can help to make you happier and healthier.
The holidays can be really tough on your mental, physical, and let’s face it financial wellness. Not everything about the holidays is cheery and fun, especially once you get that credit card bill come January.
All the running around and expectations, either self-inflicted or from others, can leave you feeling especially stressed out.
By taking some time each day to work a little bit, even for just a few minutes, on yourself can make a huge difference in how you are feeling. Most of these ideas I’m sharing with you today are easy to do and don’t require a bunch of money(‘cause that would be counterproductive afterall).
A quick word about stress
Everyone experiences stress in their lives, it’s pretty much unavoidable in the modern world. However, if stress is something you are always dealing with, like as in daily, that’s when it becomes dangerous.
Stress is undoubtedly harmful to your health, both physically and mentally. While the occasional stress won’t cause complications, constant stress can have adverse affects, such as:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Digestive Problems
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Palpitations
- Heart Attack
Can you see why taking care of yourself and managing your stress levels is super important?
12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Self-Care Edition
- Drink cocoa and stir with a candy cane
- Cuddle up in a cozy blanket and read a good book
- Make and send out Christmas cards
- Decorate your space
- Set a spending budget for Christmas
- Bring a treat to your co-workers or a family member
- Give to those in need
- Go ice skating, sledding, or on a brisk nature walk
- Buy a gift for yourself
- Play Christmas Win, Lose, or Draw with friends or family
- Have a Christmas carol sing-a-long
- Make and deliver cookies to neighbors
Are you hosting New Year’s Eve this year? Be sure to grab our New Year’s Eve Activity Pack to help make party planning less of a stress and more fun!
Here’s a cute printable you use to track your 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Self-Care Edition progress. It’s free and you can grab it by clicking on the image below.
Wanna learn more about why you should put self-care on your to-do list? A Simple Beginner’s Guide to Self-Care