Read this next sentence out loud.
I am worthy of taking time for myself.
Close your eyes and say it one more time.
Great job! You’re officially on track to making your mental health a priority this holiday season. Keep reading for a few ideas on how to nourish your mind, body and soul.
I truly thought meditation was a bunch of hocus pocus. I didn’t believe that it actually helped anyone. After meditating for one month straight every morning, I can say that it’s definitely real and life changing. Never have I taken time to recenter myself, drop every thought going through my mind and enjoy the sound of my own breaths.
I meditate first thing in the morning because my anxiety is the highest then. It has helped me slow down my pace and reassured my brain that I can handle whatever is to come. The longest I have meditated for was 7 minutes. It’s difficult and takes a lot of training to go longer. Don’t be discouraged if you can only go for 1 minute when you first begin.
Try searching 5-minute meditation on Youtube to help start you out.
Book A Self-Care Treatment
If it wasn’t for Bryce scheduling time for us to have a self-care moment, I’m not entirely sure I would book it on my own. However, it’s one of the most important things to do for yourself especially during a stressful time. Bryce will get massages and I get facials.
This time of year can be difficult to find extra money for yourself. Giving yourself an at home pedicure, taking a bath, doing a face-mask, are all amazing treatments that will keep you in budget and feeling like your best self.
Redefine Your Morning Routine
At the beginning of November, I read a book that changed my life. That sounds really dramatic, but it’s true.
After reading the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, I was inspired to change how I was living. I follow this routine pretty much every single day, even if I don’t wake up at 6am to start it. I completely restructured my morning and it has made me more proactive, productive, less anxious and helped me establish a strong connection to my soul.
Go On A Walk
Self-help walks are all the rage.
I encourage you to go on a 20-minute walk alone without headphones in and just be present. That time with yourself is so important and doesn’t require a gym membership. Take in the world around you.
Make Lists – Be Realistic
Planning ahead is known to reduce anxious thoughts. Take a few minutes each day and write out a thorough to-do list. Include every task you have to accomplish that day, even if it’s making the bed or taking a shower. Use this list to guide your day. Be realistic about everything you can accomplish. Will your meeting actually take 30 minutes or will it run over? Does grocery shopping take you 1 hour? Can you squeeze in 5 minutes to order your aunt her Christmas present?
Without ample sleep, I’m a terrible person. I feel awful, my cognitive function runs slow and I’m full of excuses because I keep trying to nap. Stay off your phone the minute you crawl into bed at night. Focus on taking deep breaths to relax your mind. Get the rest you deserve.
This time of year stirs up a lot of different feelings for many of us. Some of us are dealing with the loss of a loved one, while others are celebrating their Christmas bonus. Whatever you’re dealing with, I hope this blog encourages you to take some time for yourself. It’s the best gift you can give to yourself and others.
Until next time, Spread Kindness.
P.S. How cute are these photos and outfits? These were taken a few weeks ago when I modeled for Molly Heise’s (@callofthestyled) new brand GoGoBloom. She will be launching January 1st. Make sure to follow her and her upcoming brand to stay up-to-date on the launch.