The holidays are a time when most people fill up their search tabs and hit every mall in town in search of the perfect gifts for their loved ones. They rack their brain trying to choose a gift that grandma will love or something extra special for a special someone.
As great as it is to shower your loved ones with love, it’s just as important to treat yourself this time of the year! You have to make sure you’re taking the time to celebrate who you are and how far you’ve come in the past 365 days.
This doesn’t have to take away from the love you give your friends and family, either. If anything, treating yourself during the holidays fills your cup even more so that you can better celebrate with others. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Here are 5 special things you can do for yourself this holiday season.
1. Take a Vacation
Although you’re already planning trips to see family or setting aside certain weekends to host guests, it’s worth scheduling a few days in your calendar for a solo getaway. Maybe you plan a low-key staycation in your local area or maybe you fly to Europe for a week just because you can.
Wherever you go, remember the point is to spend time with yourself. Go on solo dates, eat delicious food, and discover the culture of the destination you end up in. This is one of the best refreshers you can have going into the holiday season.
2. Go to the Spa
Don’t have the time to plan a getaway? Consider taking an afternoon to go to the spa instead. Whether you’re craving a relaxing massage or you need a facial before you start taking a bunch of holiday pictures, a spa day is the answer.
Maybe consider going all out! There’s no sense in picking and choosing if you’re able to do everything from a deep cleansing facial to a full-body massage and a mani/pedi, too.
It might even be worth taking the time to learn more about additional treatments – like Botox, acupuncture, or cupping therapy. There are so many ways to give your body the refresher it needs, you just have to open your mind to them!
3. Add to Your Wardrobe
The next way to treat yourself this year is one of the easiest to do if you’re already planning on going to the mall. As you’re picking out gifts for loved ones, make it a point to visit your favorite stores and find things for yourself, too.
This is your chance to finally buy those shoes you’ve been eyeing all year or to get a bunch of new workout clothes to get your New Year’s resolution off to a good start. Not to mention, it’s a great opportunity to make sure all your holiday outfits are ready!
4. Invest in Your Health
Here’s an interesting thought: maybe the best way to treat yourself right now isn’t in a fancy vacation or an expensive shopping spree. Maybe what you could really use is an investment in your wellbeing, both mental and physical.
Take the day to go grocery shopping and make a bunch of healthy meals for the week ahead. Sign up for that boutique gym membership all your friends have been talking about, or make an appointment to get a treatment you’ve been meaning to do.
Whatever it is that your mind and body are calling for, do that.
5. Have a Chill Day
Sometimes, the best way to treat yourself is to do nothing at all!
Think about it: as great as the holidays are, they can also get pretty stressful. Between going to work events and seeing all the friends and family members who are trying to make plans with you, it can feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to slow down and appreciate what the holidays are really about.
A chill day can change that, though. Plan one day in your calendar this holiday season that’s just for you. Use it to stay in bed and watch your favorite Christmas movies or to go into town and enjoy all your favorite festive events.
Treat Yourself for The Holidays or Just Because!
Keep in mind that it’s important to treat yourself during the holidays and all year ’round, too. The more you make an effort to celebrate who you are and give yourself love, the better position you’ll be in to show up for others.
It’s that simple.
Stop stressing out about the holidays and putting more pressure on yourself than you need to. If you’re hosting a special event this year, use these tips to make it a special night to remember for everyone – including you!