7 ways to look after yourself over the holidays

ways to look after yourself over the holidays

The holidays are finally here, and it feels great to take some well-deserved time off and just do nothing for a few days. But how can you make sure that you’re feeling on form and ready to kick goals in 2024? Let’s look at ways to look after yourself over the holidays to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the new year.

The physical stuff

Holidays are the perfect time to catch up on your sleep – it can be good for your body, mind, and soul. We’re all happier and healthier if we’re getting plenty of rest. Don’t forget to keep active too, whether it’s taking the dog for a walk, going adventuring with friends or family, or catching up on your abandoned fitness routine.

Your body is a temple

When you’re on a break from routine or busy out and about, it can be tempting to take the easy option of fast food and snacking all the time. That’s fine, but try to make sure to sneak some healthy options in from time to time as well. Eating and drinking to excess could make you bloated and sluggish in the short term, or feel run down and lethargic in the long term. Either way, you might end up not having enough energy to enjoy your holidays.

Have a go

Is there something that you’ve been interested to learn more about or have a try of, but you’ve just never had the time (or at least that’s been your excuse)? Well, why not make some time these holidays? Whether you love it and find a new hobby or absolutely hate it, at least you’ve given it a go.

Embrace the holiday spirit

Christmas is a time for generosity, kindness, and charity towards others. Volunteering is one way that you could really get on board with those values; you could make a world of difference to someone less fortunate than you. Plus there are some other perks, like feeling better about yourself, having fun, gaining some new skills and friends, and looking great on your resume.

See the people who matter most

Prioritise quality time with friends and family. Build on your connections, make wonderful memories, and have fun.

Live guilt free

Make the most of your holidays by not over-scheduling your time. Trying to cram too much in could leave you burnt out before the next year has even begun. If you have commitments like a job or volunteering, then of course you’ll need to honour those. But having some free time to do whatever you please is important too.

Create a “holding pen”

Got a list of things to do? Maybe you have goals to achieve, a resume to write, or a study plan to create. Whatever is on your to do list, work out what needs to be done right now, then schedule everything else for later. That way you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your break knowing you have a plan in place.

Find out more

These aren’t the only ways you to look after yourself over the holidays; there are heaps of other things you could do as well, from setting goals to practising mindfulness.

You can find more tips and ideas on our website here.

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