Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays takes over daily routine, think about taking some time to unwind and regroup. Thanksgiving is approaching; a holiday filled with family, food, and friendship.
Perhaps you’re hosting and feel the pressure to cook the perfect meal, or you’re tight on money and can’t travel to see family for the holidays, or there is a family crisis and you are the one holding it all together.
Despite what you may think, taking some time for self-appreciation can help boost mood and energy in the long run. So stop what you’re doing, leave work a little earlier, or ask your partner for alone time to recharge and re-energize.
Today’s culture emphasizes socializing, being busy, and always striving for more in life. While these can be positive parts of a person’s life, there is also value in taking time to smell the roses, spend time alone without being lonely, and enjoying life in the moment, for who knows what will come tomorrow?
Here are a few ways to practice self-appreciation
- Carve out 30 minutes in your day just for you. If you are a morning person, wake up a little earlier than the rest of the house and spend time with a cup of coffee, a journal, or gazing out the window enjoying the view. This time is about what you want to do, not the daily chores and checking things off a list.
This is also best if you’ve disconnected from distractions such as a phone or internet. Stay in the silence and calm of the moment without external voices forcing you back into the day-to-day grind.
- Sign up for a class that interests you, whether it is an exercise class, or online, or at a community center. Choosing a new activity can connect you with a different group of people, expand your circle of friends and your knowledge, or help you to get out of a rut. It’s never too late to learn something new.
- When you can, close your door. Maybe you have young children who need constant attention, or you work in a busy office with noise all day, or you feel overwhelmed by something. Close your door, take a breath, and bask in the silence. Turn on a calming track of music, which can improve your mood.
- Take a spa hour, or a spa day. Wouldn’t we all love a spa day? Well, if you can’t take a spa day, then try a spa hour. Book an appointment like any other kind of appointment for the doctor or dentist. Carve out an hour to sit still and be pampered. Choose the treatment that makes you feel good.
- During your quiet 30 minutes in your day, think back to what made you happy as a child, then try to implement some of those ideas into your life. Did you love going to a new place with a parent, or enjoyed baking with family, or hosting parties? Any of those are possible as an adult; just take yourself back to that childlike state of awe and wonder.
- Enjoy some music! Whatever songs you love, make a playlist and spend your commute with a happy pep in your step. Music can heal, comfort, energize, and bring positive energy into your day.
Maybe you feel that you don’t deserve or don’t have time for yourself. Children, elderly parents, a spouse, students, patients, they all need you more. The best way to be there for the most important people around you is to reset your energy levels, even just a little bit, each day.
Signs that you may need to take a step back are: quickly reacting negatively to others, feeling stressed constantly, worrying, and rushing to the next job to try and get things done.
Mental health is just as important as physical health, especially for those of us who are dividing our time between work, family, socializing, and trying to stay on top of it all with a perfectly clean house.
Take the time to re-energize and you will feel the difference. Say thank you to you, for all your generosity, kindness, loyalty, and love you give to not only others, but to yourself.