It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? It’s also the season of giving gifts to the ones we love. With all of the gifts that we give this year, one of the most important of all is to remember to invest in yourself for the Holidays. Crazy concept, right? The sad reality is that most of us tend to put ourselves very last on our list of priorities and thats just crazy! This year, start a new tradition and invest in yourself for the Holidays!
Invest In Yourself For The Holidays
While a day of unlimited shopping sounds AMAZING, the truth is, investing in yourself doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money. Most of us would be happy with a couple of days off with no responsibilities or tasks. Maybe take a day off at work and do absolutely nothing. Sit at home and do all of the things that you never have time to do. Read a book. Binge watch a show and stay in your pajamas all day. Order pizza and do not leave your couch. Have an at home spa day. Mental health days are such a great investment, especially when times are crazy and hectic. Here are some other ideas:
- Commit to exercising a certain amount of times during the week. A lot of us struggle with this during this time of year but committing to something can show how strong you are!
- Did you make a reading goal for the year? Make sure you allow yourself time to still read. Maybe join a book club in the new year?
- Been putting off an online class you’ve wanted to take? Use those days off to enhance your education and learn something new!
- Take care of your health! I say this about both mental and physical health. Start the new year off right!
- Start a journal. It’s a great way to remember all of the special moments that you might otherwise forget
- Take a day and seriously do whatever it is to make you feel like a damn rockstar. Wanting a new hair color? DO IT! Wanting a makeover? Been wanting to wear a little black dress? DO IT! Making yourself feeling your best does wonders for your self-esteem!
- Give to others. Maybe a charity or just to friends and family. Gifting to others makes my heart so full
- Letting go of pain and forgiving. While this can be difficult, it can be such a freeing feeling to forgive someone and let that pain go
- Enjoy the Christmas lights. Take walk outside in your neighborhood and see what decorations others have out! We also drive around and look at lights. Call me old fashioned, but I love doing this!
My Goals For The Holidays
I think that this time of year can be amazing but it can also go downhill so quickly. Remember to keep your mental health a priority. Repeat after me: IT’S OK TO SAY NO! You (and your family) are your top priority! Take small breaks if being around too many people can stress you out because let’s be honest, being around family can be EXTREMELY stressful. Saying no isn’t a bad thing!
Another goal of mine during my down-time is to actually take time away from work. Yes, that means that I’ll be absent from Simply Stine towards the end of the year. I used to really stress about this and I’d often find myself working so hard the later part of the year. This year, I’m taking a break (from the blog and social media) and I’ll be traveling to Ohio to visit my family with my Husband. I think it’s always important to be able to take some time off and step away from work duties if you can.
Let’s be real. It seems like during November and December, all we are doing is eating pure trash. We’re going nuts over Christmas Cookies, Booze and meals can be really entertaining because we’re all so busy. This year I won’t say no to cookies and eggnog, but I won’t be stuffing myself full all of the time. My word for the rest of the year is moderation.
One thing I plan on doing is taking some time to review the goals I had set in place for this year. Was there anything you accomplished that you are proud of? Something you’d like to concentrate on more? This might be a great opportunity to create a list of goals and start planning for next year.
The Holidays aren’t all holly and jolly for everyone (more on that later), but I hope you’re able to enjoy yourself. Remember the power of no and taking a step back. Don’t feel the need to over spend, over commit and to do so much that you are exhausted. Instead start a new tradition that involves investing in yourself for the Holidays.
How would you invest in yourself for the holidays?