Friday, December 15, 2017

20 ways to take care of yourself over the holidays

The days leading up to the holiday break can be event-filled and stressful for educators. I want to encourage everyone to make time for self-care during the holiday break. We have to take care of ourselves so that we can take care of others.

Here are some ideas for self-care over the holidays.

Be social

  • Write and send an encouraging email
  • Write and send a thank you note to someone who’s not expecting it
  • Invite a friend to meet you for coffee
  • Bake cookies for a neighbor or friend
  • Call a friend or relative 
  • Visit a nursing home

Nurture Yourself

  • Drink a cup of hot tea
  • Light some candles
  • Take a brisk walk outdoors
  • Read a good book
  • Write a daily affirmation
  • Create a vision board
  • Go to bed earlier
  • Start your day like Jessica

Get creative

  • Visit an art museum
  • Try a new recipe
  • Learn a new dance
  • Do a craft project
  • Create your life soundtrack in iTunes
  • Wake up early and paint the sunrise

Finding time to nurture yourself can be a challenge. It's especially hard if you're not used to making yourself a priority.

How to create more time for yourself

  • Wake up 15-30 minutes before everyone else and meditate in the quiet
  • Get your coffee ready the night before so it is ready for you in the morning
  • Don’t check email until you’ve done your “chores” or “to-do list”
  • Turn off notifications on your phone & apps
  • Create “no electronics” times during the day
  • Consolidate your errands

I would love to hear how YOU take care of yourself over the holidays! Please leave me a comment below or reach out to me on twitter

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  1. Break starts today! Books bought, massage scheduled, and lots of fun lunch dates planned with friends! Great reminder!

  2. Jennifer, this is a great list. Thank you for sharing as it can be easy to get stressed out this time of year!



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