While the holidays are meant to bring peace, joy, and happiness – to adults, they also bring stress. There are parties to host and attend to, meals to prepare, gifts to buy, outfits to plan for the parties, and families and friends to entertain. This means cleaning and decorating the house, spending weekends at the grocery store, and using any free time to look for gifts. The stress starts to add up because finances can be overwhelming, and you commit yourself to do so much. The holidays can also be a time of strain if you’re dealing with tense family relationships, recent loss, or other personal difficulties.
During the holiday season (and any time of the year), self-care is imperative. It’s not selfish. When expectations and stress levels run high, it’s important to ground yourself, care for yourself and treat yourself with gifts.
Here’s what you can gift yourself this holiday season:
Sleep is a gift that keeps on giving. It helps you regain your physical and mental stamina and keeps your body healthy, too. When you’re too overworked and stressed out, all you need is to give yourself time to rest up a little bit more than usual. Take a day off doing household chores and errands for one day during the weekend. Sometimes, one day of rest would help you be more productive throughout the week.
During holiday parties, many people tend to drink more alcohol and eat more desserts. Remember that sugar and alcohol can disrupt your sleep. Make sure to drink and eat in moderation. An overactive mind can also cause sleeplessness, so if this is the case, try some meditation apps to calm your mind and body and ease into a more restful sleep.
Take a day off.
If it’s possible, take a personal day to run all your errands – buying gifts, finding the perfect scarf to give your mother-in-law, and researching for a new holiday recipe. Having a full day to get things done will be an excellent self-care gift to give yourself instead of running around after work or during the weekends when everyone else is also out. This way, you can avoid traffic and long lines at counters.
Set a budget.
Spending during the holidays can easily get out of control. While you will most likely be spending more than usual, setting a realistic budget is something that can pay off quickly. Have an idea of how much to spend on gifts, holiday activities, parties, and food. Set a spending limit on how much each child can get.
Instead of buying gifts for all your family members, consider gifting a holiday pack of goods for the families that will attend your party. Instead of cooking every food to be served at the party, have a potluck type of dinner. If you’re the host, make one to two dishes yourself and at least one dessert. Then, let others chip in and bring some more dishes, desserts, and drinks. These small things will help cut down your spending, and your wallet and your future self will thank you.
Fancy china (including ones you probably got at your wedding) and fancy table napkins are typically used only when there are visitors to impress. But the thing about your fancy china is you want everyone to be extra careful with it so it won’t break because they are expensive and probably sentimental to you. And we’re not talking about washing them after the party yet. You’re also probably secretly wishing that people won’t mess with your fancy napkins by getting food stains in them.
Instead of using these things that need extra TLC and washing, go for disposables, paper plates, and paper towels. There are lots of pretty ones you can buy that can suit any theme you have and still impress your guests. Give yourself some grace to stay in a calm mood during the holidays by removing another cause of concern for you.
Do something good.
The holidays can be challenging for lots of people who are struggling. Do something good for others this holiday season. Bringing good tidings and cheer may sound clichéd, but it’s a reminder to be kind and go deep. Find a way to help others who are less fortunate to make a difference this season. Find a charity you believe in and donate, or volunteer somewhere. There’s no gift quite like giving to others.
While you’re busy making others happy, don’t forget about yourself. You deserve to have just as great of a holiday as everyone else. Indulge in some restaurant you’ve always been meaning to try, get yourself a nice bottle of wine or champagne, watch a movie alone or with your partner, or go to the spa or salon and get pampered before the holiday rush. Treat yourself, and don’t let this season wear you down.
Buy yourself a gift.
While you’re busy buying gifts for everyone – thinking what they would probably like or use – don’t forget to buy yourself a couple of gifts too. Sometimes, retail therapy is what you need to ease in the stress that holidays brings. You can buy yourself something pretty (or something that will make you pretty), something that you always wanted for your house, something useful, something fun, or something that the rest of the family can enjoy. Here are some awesome gift ideas to give yourself that you would probably like:
- A 5-in-one indoor grill that also roasts, air fries, bakes, and dehydrates. Your family would surely make the most use of this one!
- A bottomless wine glass so you don’t need to pour yourself some wine over and over. It’s a great gag gift, but it’s best to give to your wine-loving self!
- A bamboo cutting board with containers to make meal prep more organized. It comes with four trays that fit neatly inside the cutting board, so you don’t have to spread things around the kitchen countertop while you chop!
- A s’mores griller designed to fit inside the oven. With this, you can easily prepare s’mores for everyone without leaving the comforts of your home.
- A pretty mug warmer to keep your cup of tea and coffee warm while you work and get tangled in emails every morning.
- A mini donut maker so you and your kids can enjoy glaze for days. This way, you can enjoy a warm, homemade donut with ingredients you know!
- A tin of cocktail sugar for the rims of your cocktail at home. Great for entertaining if you want to play bartender at your home party, but also great to keep to yourself for your margaritas on Taco Tuesdays.
- A single-serve, pastel Keurig machine that you can bring anywhere so you can have the perfect single cup of coffee in minutes.
- A cute ice cream maker that you and your kids would enjoy. It surely will be a big hit as your heating has turned on indefinitely, and it will be the appliance your kids would come to when summertime comes again.
- A retro-style Polaroid camera for the nostalgic photographer in you. It allows you to make new memories as they did in the good old days.
- A cozy knit beanie hat that has a hole to accommodate your high ponies, top knots, and messy buns. You don’t have to sacrifice your hairstyle to keep your head warm again.
- A chunky, open-front cardigan with a cozy popcorn texture to make you look cute and comfy during the holidays.
- A bubble clay masks for your face to clean your pores and remove blackheads. It’s a fun new way to have a facial mask at home!
- A facial cleansing brush for removing makeup, exfoliating the skin, digging out blackheads, and reducing the look of fine lines. It’s a whole lot cheaper than other brushes of this type but still very effective.
- A bamboo bathtub tray that can prop up wine glasses, food, phones, tablets, books, and whatever else you need while you’re soaking in the bathtub. This is your ultimate self-care must-have.
- A pair of plush, fluffy slippers because your feet deserve to be in a cozy cloud for all the walking and entertaining they do.
- A breathable, weighted blanket that will surely give you a good night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of. Whether you’re experiencing stress, restless legs, insomnia, and anxiety, this blanket can help fix it!
- A cozy satin pajama set for enjoying a night at home, cozying up to your mattress, and re-watching your favorite TV series.
- A Squatty Potty to help you poop right after all that holiday feasting that made you bloated and constipated.
- A set of colored fine-point pens so you can color-code your planners, journals, and lists to satisfy your organized heart’s content.
- A couple of lightsaber chopsticks for the Asian-food-loving, Star Wars nerd inside of you.