The holidays are here! The season where every latte becomes a peppermint or gingerbread treat, the lights of the city shine brighter than ever, and your to-do list quadruples a week before annual festivities.
Feeling overwhelmed with the mix of joy and stress? You’re not the only one who feels like that during this time of year. Finding time for yourself amidst the holiday hustle can feel like a near-impossible feat— particularly for busy, multi-hyphenate mamas.
The season often smothers us in a whirlwind of tasks, from organizing family gatherings to balancing work commitments in preparation for the new year.
Despite how hectic things may be, I encourage you to slow down and carve out some time for yourself before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st.
Let’s be honest, stealing a moment doesn’t always mean grand gestures or lengthy hours away from responsibilities (or that monumental to-do list). Instead, it’s about embracing small windows of time and transforming them into intentional moments of calm. As they say, self-care is not just a luxury, but an absolute necessity.
Below, read my suggestions for keeping your peace of mind this holiday season and beyond.
Start by creating much-needed boundaries.
Communicate openly with loved ones about your need for moments of solitude and stay consistent. Perhaps it’s making sure the kids go to bed on time so you can have an hour in the evenings to yourself or waking up 30 minutes earlier before everyone gets up to start your day at peace.
Practicing mindfulness amid the frenzy—it’s a game-changer.
Even within a bustling day, take a minute to focus on your breath or engage in a short meditation practice. There are several wellness apps that focus on quick practices you can do at your desk or in your car. These brief pauses can recalibrate your energy and provide a much-needed mental break.
Embrace the power of saying “no.”
While the holiday season often comes with endless invitations and commitments, remember that declining certain invitations isn’t a sign of weakness or being rude but rather an act of self-preservation. Choose quality over quantity and prioritize events or tasks that you will truly enjoy.
Consider integrating micro-rituals into your routine.
Whether it’s savoring a warm cup of tea in the morning, taking a brisk walk during your lunch break, or indulging in a few pages of a favorite book before bed, these tiny rituals can serve as sanctuaries you look forward to.
Don’t underestimate the impact of delegating tasks.
Embrace the spirit of teamwork within your family and/or professional group. Allocating tasks not only lightens your load but also grants you precious moments to reclaim for yourself. It also encourages others to participate and give back.
Yes, the holidays may be here but that doesn’t mean you come last. Stealing moments for yourself during the holidays isn’t about being selfish, it’s about remembering to also take care of yourself. Personal moments of self-care allow you to show up as your best self for those you care about the most.
Remember, even during the holidays, your well-being matters just as much as everyone else’s.