As we’re approaching the middle of December, the holidays are seemingly all around us. Snow is falling, Houses are lit up in multi-coloured lights and the malls and shops are packed full of people looking to snag this year’s most buzzworthy gifts.
The holidays are meant to be a time spent with family and friends, a time of fun and joy and for many, a spiritual celebration. In short, it’s meant to be a happy time, but for many people, it’s the exact opposite.
Families can feel pressured to follow along with others and buy expensive and lavish gifts, often overextending themselves and worrying about how they will pay for everything.
The holiday hosting duties often fall on the laps of parents who’re busy working, taking care of the kids and now need to anxiously plan a 5-course meal for 40 people. Others are going through grief and loss, which is only heightened by the holidays.
Needless to say, the holidays can often come with many conflicting emotions. This is why it’s so important to make sure you’re practising self-care throughout the holidays!
Whether it’s sneaking a few moments alone at your next holiday party, staying home and shopping online instead of trekking to the crowded stores or just plain saying no to adding additional events to your busy calendar, there is no shame in taking time for yourself this season.
To better help you plan self-care over the holidays, we’ve compiled a list of a few helpful articles below: