It's a wonderful time of year to take care of yourself. Nurses are so busy taking care of patients that they forget to take care of themselves. The holiday season adds additional chores to our every day lives: decorating, shopping and preparations, family stress, school events, and traveling. It is easy to lose oneself and forego your usual fitness and eating routine. Caring for oneself is something that all nurses should do on a regular basis, even if it seems impossible to do so. Schedule time on your calendar for yourself to exercise, treat yourself to a massage or manicure, to put your feet up and read a book, take a bath, etc. Taking a walk outside in nature is one surefire way to re-energize your soul. Take time to do what you enjoy doing - without the guilt! Females are notorious for feeling guilty about focusing on ourselves.
To lessen the stress level this holiday season, lower your expectations. You don't have to cook the perfect meal and bake 20 varieties of cookies. Give up on the vision of how the holiday season should look like or be. Commercials do a wonderful job of raising the bar and our expectations. Understandably that is why many people are susceptible to feelings of depression and anxiety. Focus on being in the present moment and fully enjoying yourself.
Comment below what self-care activity you are going to schedule in your calendar this week.