Holiday Self-Care Challenge 2016: Join Me for 31 Days of Holiday Self-Care

Last December, I held a 31-day challenge here on the blog to remind us all that during this busy time, it’s still important to take care of ourselves. Every day in December, I offered a suggestion for taking a moment out of each day to take care of yourself so you don’t burn out and fall prey to exhaustion before the holidays are over. I actually followed my own advice, for once, and dutifully followed all my own suggestions. I personally found it very rewarding to take a moment out of each day to refill the cup, as it were, and I got some great feedback from readers telling me that they felt the same.

So I’m bringing the challenge back for 2016! Each day of this month, I’ll suggest something small, easy, and rewarding you can do to decompress from holiday stress. I’ll be following again and documenting my own progress through the challenge via Instagram. If you’d like to follow along too, please tag me and use the hashtag #holidayselfcare so I can follow your journey.

Let’s get started!

It’s December 1st, but do you already feel like a sad little puppy, overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done before the holidays? I know I was feeling very inadequate this weekend when so many of my friends were posting pictures of their completely decorated houses and bragging about how they’ve already addressed their Christmas cards. I haven’t thought about buying Christmas cards yet!

It’s so easy to become so bound to the things that we feel we must do this time of year that we actually forget to enjoy ourselves. I read more than one blog entry at Thanksgiving that honestly pointed out the amount of work that goes into a typical Thanksgiving meal and while I really enjoy preparing the food, after cooking non-stop from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm on the day of our big meal, I really wanted to just lay my head on the table and sleep a little bit instead of digging into the entree.

That’s why I’m making sure this holiday season that I take some time every day to recharge my batteries and make sure I’m slowing down and enjoying myself and the season. I’ll be posting a short entry here on the blog each day with a simple thing we can all do to either reconnect with ourselves or to savor the moments around us. Nothing will be difficult or time-consuming; just a little reminder to take care of ourselves while we take care of those around us.

I hope you’ll join me and post your thoughts here or on your favorite form of social media. I’ll be posting my adventures in self-care using the hashtag #holidayselfcare. And you can follow along with all the posts for the month on this page here.

Now, let’s get started with Day One! Day One’s exercise in self-care is super simple, but it’s one that often falls to the wayside for me during the holiday season. I’ll start out the season saying, “Oh, I want to see the lights in the gardens. Oh, I want to see that holiday play. Oh, I need to make sure that this year I catch the Messiah on Christmas Eve.” And I end the season saying, “Well, maybe next year.” because I don’t make the effort to actually get the tickets or find someone to go with me.

Not this year! My self-care challenge today is to think of  just one holiday activity that I absolutely don’t want to miss and to schedule it by picking a date, buying tickets if necessary, and finding a companion to go with me.

I’d love to hear of any don’t miss holiday activities on your list and whether finding time for self-care is a challenge for you. Until tomorrow, take care!

This is part of my 31 Days of Holiday Self-Care Challenge. To see all the posts in this series, visit here.

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9 Comments

  1. December 1, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    What a brilliant idea. I’ll be following and sharing on Twitter. Thank you for visiting my site, Katy.

  2. December 1, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Well done. Glad you secured those tickets! And self care is so important. This is a great topic.

  3. December 4, 2015 / 8:27 am

    I totally agree that we have to take a bit of time out for ourselves during the silly season. With adult kids and ageing parents we can get swallowed up with all the organizing and miss out on the relaxing that should be happening.

  4. December 14, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    I hope you had great fun at the Nick Lowe Revue, it’s so cool that your husband wanted to go with, that would make it even more enjoyable!

    I’m with you, I need to set aside some time for something I want to do, right now I still don’t have all the decorations up. I do work during the season catering holiday events, so this is my busy time. Even just setting down with the family for a rousing game of scrabble would be fun. I need to make sure to make the time. I do owe it to myself. We get so busy taking care of “things” we forget to do something to charge our own batteries too!

    • Katy
      December 15, 2015 / 2:06 am

      We had a wonderful time Nikki and funnily enough one of the upcoming challenges is to take some time and play a board game. We put so much pressure on ourselves this time of year – I hope you can find some time to take a bit of time for yourself.

  5. Carola
    December 1, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    Playing a board game with the family … scheduled for the 25th for two reasons: my daughter will be back for winter break and my husband will get a “dachshund monopoly” the day before 😉

    • Katy
      December 1, 2016 / 4:28 pm

      That sounds like a great thing to do! I love playing board games with my family.

  6. December 2, 2016 / 1:03 am

    Since I am a leisure educator, I must practice what I preach! If I don’t go to the gym, I’ll take my dog for a walk (or both)! What a great idea and I will try to follow along!

    • Katy
      December 2, 2016 / 7:09 am

      Glad you’re joining us Terri!

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