We are making our way through the first month of 2019 so let’s begin the post-holiday healing process, shall we?
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Now that the holidays are over, we can all collectively take a deep breath and decompress. We made it, y’all! The holiday season can be really draining – with all the gatherings, extra pounds, constant buying, and go, go, go of it all, it’s really easy to put taking care of one’s self on the back burner which does no one any good. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that taking care of yourself always benefits the people around you too.
I spread myself pretty thin between November and December. With work responsibilities and changes, mom duties and commitments, managing the blog, and everything in-between, I really didn’t take care of myself. Heck, a great example of my lack of self-care was the sickness that hit me in early December. Sure, I was only down and out for a few days, but those bedridden days cut in to my commitments and only added to the holiday stress.
With all that said, I’m really excited to get back into the driver’s seat of my life. I’m ready to jump start the year and ensure that I take care of myself right off the bat! Here’s my ‘self-care recovery plan’ for the next few weeks, and really throughout the year. If the holiday season was as brutal for you as it was for me, I hope that you can take a few of these prompts to kick-start your 2019 the right way!
My Post Holiday Self-Care Recovery Plan
// Step up my skincare routine. My nighttime skincare routine took a major back seat over the last two months. Prior, I was religiously doing an intense nighttime routine twice a week, but somewhere between the schedule changes and a need for more sleep there was a halt to my routine. My skin payed the price which is why I want to get back into the swing of things.
// Start reading again. I didn’t really stop but things definitely slowed down towards the end of the year. Having a good book, whether the topic is self-help, fiction, non-fiction, or a biography, really gets my creative juices flowing for the day. I miss engrossing myself in a good read during my commutes to and from work. Same goes with podcasts.
// Go on walks. I exercise 4-6 times a week but I’d like to include daily walks to my daily routine. Whether it’s during my lunch break, in the morning with my dogs, or on the weekends with the kids, I’d really like to go on long walks to clear my mind, enjoy nature and simply slow down for a moment. Plus, this would work right along side my January Small Goals!
// Spend more time with my husband. Another item from my Small Goals post that would help set me up for success. This one is easier said than done. We both have full time jobs, value our separate alone time, usually go man-on-man defense with the kids, and there’s always outside elements to consider – we just aren’t the best at putting each other as a priority. That’s not to say we don’t spend time together but we don’t spend too much time alone together because, well life. I’d like to dedicate at least one night a week to spend time together, whether it’s catching up on our favorite shows, watching a movie or just hanging out in the same room for more than an hour.
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