You’ve spent the last two months cooking, cleaning, shopping, celebrating, and entertaining. The holidays can be exhausting! And now you’re thinking about New Year’s resolutions?
Let me stop you right there, young lady! Now is the perfect time to take a breath and recharge your batteries. Forget resolutions. Embrace taking care of yourself and the rest will fall into place.
If you’ve ever flown in an airplane, you probably remember the bit about “if there’s a loss of cabin pressure, put your own mask on first” because if you don’t help yourself, you can’t help anyone else.
Self-care is not an indulgence, it’s a necessity. And it’s super easy!
Here are a few of my favorite things for recharging:
Get a massage. It’s worth every penny to take an hour and relax. If you’re lucky enough to live near a massage school, you can fit twice as many into your budget.
Listen to music. Make a playlist of your favorite music and grab the headphones. Or crank up the stereo (does anyone have an actual stereo anymore?) and dance like a wild woman – I won’t judge!
Laugh. Watch a silly movie or a comedian you enjoy and laugh. Out loud. Laughing produces “happy” chemicals in the body and you just can’t help but feel good.
Take a nap. I remember being forced to take naps as a child and how I hated them. What was I thinking?!? Taking a short nap as an adult seems so indulgent, but it’s good to let yourself and your brain take a break.
Make a play date. Call a friend or three and go do something fun! Walk & chat in the park, grab a coffee, visit a museum. Create a little time to really connect with people in your life in a casual, fun way.
Get creative. Pull out your favorite hobby and spend a little time in creative play. Don’t have a hobby? Take a local class (those painting and wine classes are fun!) or cruise pinterest and find something new to try.
Exercise. No, I’m not talking about a hard-core New Year’s resolution here. A quick walk around the block, dancing while listening to music, or doing some simple yoga is all you need. Twenty minutes a day will make a huge difference both mentally and physically. Bonus points for walking with a friend.
Netflix and chill. Sometimes you just need to do nothing. It’s OK. Go ahead and binge watch some fluff. Keep the topic light, though, or you can find yourself getting tense or too involved. The key here is “chill”.
Eat well. Make a meal that uses real food instead of something from a box and the microwave. It doesn’t have to be hard. Feeding your body well also feeds your mind. And cooking from scratch is a great way to engage all your senses.
Breathe. In. Out. Smell the flower. Blow out the candle. Feel the breath coming in and going out. Do this 5-10 times slowly and you’ll feel your shoulders lowering and your batteries filling up. If you really want to recharge, I very much recommend a guided meditation. There are tons of apps and even meditations online that are simple and free.
Steal away a little bit of time for yourself every day because you are worth every moment!